So you are ready to relocate and you’d like to have a job lined up when you arrive in your new city. It is our experience that is completely possible to find a job in another state, and be ready to hit the ground running when you arrive. At KDS Staffing, at least 10% of our placements require some form of relocation. Here are some tips on how to solidify your next career move before you give your notice.
Before You Make a Move
If you are preparing to relocate, there are some basic things you can do to make yourself at least as desirable as a local candidate. First, remove your current address from your resume. Some managers won’t give you a second glance if they spot an out of state zip code, so remove the temptation to toss your paperwork to the side and give yourself a fighting chance.
If you’re filling out an online application and the address field is a required one, use an address of a friend or relative in the area to satisfy that requirement. You can always explain in the interview that you are staying at that address until you get established.
Get the Lay of the Land
Familiarize yourself with the unique attributes of the city you want to call home. Become knowledgeable about the culture and the business landscape before you start applying for positions. Which companies have the best reputations? Who hires the most people? What is the main source of local revenue? What’s the political scene like? Knowing your new town’s personality will help you have a meaningful conversation with your interviewer.
If you can speak knowledgably about issues that affect local residents, it shows you have a genuine interest in becoming a permanent resident yourself. KDS Staffing recruiters and sourcers try to make sure that candidates are looking to relocate for the right reasons. Inevitably, companies are interested in why you want to relocate. A poor answer could be a red flag.
Your cover letter and resume are your chance to make a good first impression. The cover letter is the place to let your potential employer know that you would like to relocate to the area and want to discuss the possibility of working with them. You can begin reaching out several months in advance of your planned move. Let the hiring manager know your intended arrival date, and the type of position you are interested in.
Research the company and be specific as to why you chose to contact them over their competition. Even if they aren’t currently hiring, showing a determined interest can make a favorable impression and move your name to the top of the list for any upcoming openings.
Take a Trip
If at all possible, consider making a trip to attend a local career fair. This will enable you to meet company representatives in person. If you have made contact with a hiring manager prior to the event, being there will give both of you a chance to put names and faces together. The effort you put forth to attend a local event also shows how serious you are about making a move.
The Next Best Thing
Video or Skype interviews are fast replacing the phone interview, and can be a great alternative. If you can set up a digital interview in lieu of buying a plane ticket, you have the opportunity to make a stronger impression than you might on paper at a fraction of the cost. Video interviews can save both sides time and money. KDS Staffing conducted an extensive survey of both clients and candidates. In an overwhelming response, both felt that digital interviews helped solidify their decision.
David Klein is a leading Executive IT Recruiter & Headhunter with over 15 years industry experience. As Manager of Recruitment Strategy for KDS Staffing, Inc., he has achieved industry-leading success. David has successfully led, trained and introduced many in the art of Executive Recruitment and Headhunting. If you or your organization would like to discuss hiring needs, contact David at 646-650-2833 or firstname.lastname@example.org