Q&A: What About Relocating During a Job Search?

I used to do Q&As with newsletter subscribers. In 2006, a job seeker wrote in about relocation biases.

Dear Jared:

I’m open to relocation and have sent résumés to other cities. So far no one has expressed interest. I feel like they only want local candidates. — Anita, Tampa, FL.

Dear Anita:

They probably do. Many companies draw from local candidate pools first. It’s less costly, the candidates are familiar with the territory, and they’re easier to meet face-to-face.

As an executive search consultant who conducted national searches, I was surprised by how frequently companies got “geographically stuck.” We were often restricted in the talent we could find until we were able to convince the client to look at the bigger picture.

As a candidate, it’s your job to speak up, subtly. You can’t dictate what a hiring entity wants, but you can remove a few barriers upfront to improve the odds.

Here are a few techniques:

  • Place “Willing to Relocate,” “Open to Relocation,” or “Relocating to [City Name]” under your résumé address.
  • Have a friend of family member in your intended city? Ask permission to list their address next to your current address.
  • Start the second paragraph of your cover letter with a succinct statement about your relocation plans and your willingness to be readily available to interview and move at your own cost.

You never know when relocation will enter your job search, or how. But being prepared with the right tools can make a difference.

Until next time!

Jared Redick
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Creating Affinity With Your Job Search Audience

Creating Job Search AffinityI’m a résumé writer. You already know that.

But did you know I’ve taught piano since 1986? Did you know one of my favorite non-fiction authors is Malcolm Gladwell? Did you know that I’m all about finding the right fit and not forcing things?

Knowing these details about me may, or may not, create affinity with you. If I told you I’d run a marathon or climbed a mountain (marathon no, mountain yes), I might even elicit mild appreciation.

There’s some risk in telling you, though. By breaking a professional barrier, I’ve opened myself to criticism if you don’t think a great résumé writer can also be a great piano teacher.

But get this. I’ve also opened myself up to the opportunity for a stronger tie to you if you understand the connection these elements have in my life and feel greater affinity towards me as a result.

The same “affinity marketing” ideas can be mirrored in cover letters. Here’s how.  Continue reading