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Ready to Relocate? 4 Long-Distance Job Search Tips

Ready to relocate but having a tough time finding an out-of-town job? Long-distance job hunting can be stressful and overwhelming, and it’s challenging to attract the attention of employers when you’re competing with local talent. Fortunately, a little preparation can help you start fresh in a new place with the job you’ve always wanted.

Have a Plan Before You Begin

Hunting for a job in a new town or state is hard, so make a detailed plan before submitting your resume or reaching out to recruiters. The more prepared you are, the easier the process will be.

  • Manage your expectations. It’s going to be exponentially more difficult to find work in a new city, and you may need to compromise to compete with local talent. Just don’t accept a job you’re not completely comfortable with.
  • Practice long-distance interviewing. Expect a lot of Skype and phone interviews, and prepare for these as you would for in-person interviews. Don’t just roll out of bed and start an interview. Dress professionally, even if the interviewer can’t see you, and choose a quiet location.
  • Know your availability. Both you and prospective employers need a clear understanding of when you’re arriving and when you’ll be available to start work. If you’re waiting for an offer on your home or and can’t move until the kids are out of school, be honest.

If you’re ready to relocate, the long-distance job search tips below will ensure your job-hunting efforts pay off.

Tip #1 – Don’t Hide Your Location

If you think you’ve got a better shot at landing an out-of-state job by pretending to be local, think again. Let potential employers know your location and plans to move in your cover letter. Don’t wait until the interview or you’ll be wasting everyone’s time. If you have ties to the new city, such as family nearby, let the employer know. They’ll likely feel more comfortable hiring you if there’s less concern you won’t like the new location.

  • Don’t be ambiguous about when or where you intend to move, and don’t say you’re waiting for a job offer to start packing.

Tip #2 – Be Prepared to Pay

Have enough money stashed away for at least a couple of interviews. Employers won’t foot your travel bill if they’re not actively recruiting you. If you’re applying to a few companies, try to schedule interviews during the same week to cut down on travel costs. Use visits to search for housing or learn more about the new city. And always mention you’re able to travel for interviews in your cover letter.

  • Don’t expect a relocation package unless the employer mentions it in the job posting. Relocation assistance is standard when employers recruit out-of-town candidates, but most aren’t willing to offer anything when local job seekers are available.

Tip #3 – Know Your New Location

It’s in your best interest to know your new location inside and out, and potential employers will find it reassuring, too. Try to convey your knowledge of the area in your cover letter and during interviews. Research neighborhoods, schools and more on social media and websites like City-Data.com. The more you know about the area you’re moving to, the more likely you are to stay put for a while.

  • Don’t come across like a tourist when talking to potential employers. Asking hiring managers to recommend hotels, restaurants or anything else will hurt your chances of getting the job.

Tip #4 – Research the Company Beforehand

Chances are you checked out the company on Glassdoor and looked at their Facebook page, but accepting an out-of-town job is a big commitment. Research potential colleagues and supervisors and see if housing is available within a reasonable distance of the company’s location. Even better, connect with potential co-workers on LinkedIn so you’ll have some personal contacts when applying for the job.

  • Don’t wait until you’ve gotten the job to check out your employer and make connections at the company. The organization should be a good cultural fit, and it helps to know a few people before moving.

Learn How to Beat the Locals

A long-distance job search can be overwhelming and discouraging, but with the right knowledge, you’ll land your out-of-town dream job in no time. Gecko Hospitality has the experience, expertise and resources to help in your job hunt. Contact our hospitality recruiters to learn more about conducting a long-distance job search.