Tackling a Long Distance Job Search

Published: May 25, 2015

A job search may seem daunting for local candidates, but for job seekers looking to relocate to another part of the country, landing a new job may seem downright impossible. Our experts outline several ways that long distance job seekers can turn themselves into a viable candidate in their desired market by alleviating the worry and apprehension that recruiters and hiring managers often feel when interviewing candidates who will have to make a move.

Make it clear you are moving regardless of the job.

Joseph Terach, CEO of career counseling firm Resume Deli, says that many employers shy away from considering long distance job seekers because they have been burned in the past by candidates who have suddenly opted not to relocate. Terach advises job seekers moving to a new area to use language in their cover letter to make it clear that that a move is taking place regardless of whether they secure the position. “Separating your intention to move from the job at hand makes you a safer bet to actually accept an offer if one is extended,” Terach explains. Heidi Ferolito, human resources director for Florida-based World Travel Holdings, agrees. “A long distance job seeker should make it clear right off the bat why they are moving to an area. An employer will feel more comfortable with a long distance candidate if they already have ties to the area and plans to relocate, not just for the position,” Ferolito says.

Give a firm timeline for your move.

Communicating a firm timeline for relocating also helps alleviate the worries of hiring managers when considering long distance job seekers, says Brett Good, senior district president of specialized recruiting firm Robert Half. “The main concern is whether a candidate will actually relocate,” Good explains. “Including an explanation and timeline in your cover letter – something more specific than ‘I really like the area and can move anytime’ can bypass a lot of fears the employer may have about you being an out of town candidate.” Good says that a firm plan for relocation will make it clear that the candidate will be moving no matter what, and by a specified date.

Beware of offering a false address.

According to Caroline Bokor, client relations manager at national sales and marketing recruitment firmNaviga Business Services, it is permissible for job seekers to list an address in the city they plan to move to – but only if their plan to move is solid. “Changing an address on a resume will get the candidate noticed, or at least not immediately dismissed, but now the candidate must be prepared to communicate the rock solid plan he / she has in place,” Bokor warns. Bokor further cautions, “If a hiring manager calls and finds out that the candidate is not located in the market and the plan to move is up in the air, then the call will end quickly.” Good agrees. “Hiding the fact that you’re a remote job seeker will come across as deceptive,” Good warns.

All of our experts say that at the end of the day they are looking for candidates with the talent and skills needed to succeed within their organization, no matter where that talent may currently be located. These experts say a firm relocation plan will make a long distance job seeker much more likely to become a viable candidate for positions within their firm.

Happy Searching.

The AllCountyJobs.com Team

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