Searching Out of State

It is hard enough to find a job within the city where you live. Try finding a job in a different state. Where do you begin your search? How can you come in for an interview if you live over 500 miles away? Let me help you out a bit.

Your first step is to ask for a job transfer. This is the easiest way to secure a job in another state if your company has offices throughout the United States. Talk to someone in Human Resources about your options and see what they can recommend. If your company is exclusive to your current hometown, see if Human Resources can still help you set up interviews at similar companies in your new state.

If you can’t transfer then the next step is to look online for job postings. Go to job boards to look within you new city and post your resume online. Contact employers over the Internet and explain that you are relocating and would like the chance to discuss opportunities. Using the Internet is the fastest and most productive way to job search out of state.

Finally remember to talk to friends, family, and co-workers about your job search. Word of mouth is the best way to hear about positions and companies you have never heard of before and would have never considered.

If you are able to utilize one of these tactics to land an interview make sure you don’t have any scheduling conflicts. Interviewing out of state takes some consideration into what you are missing at your current job back home and how many trips you have to make for interviews. Be efficient and try to schedule numerous interviews in one trip. This way it is cost effective and saves time spent on traveling. If a hiring manager invites you back for a second interview tell him or her that you are only in town for a few days and it would be helpful to schedule the next interview while you are still in the area. Finding a new job out of state can be easy if you network and make the most of your time, energy and money that is put into job searching and interviewing.


Make Sure Your Cover Letter Gets Read!

Sometimes it feels like you’re sending your résumé off into the never-ending blackness of space where it will seemingly be out there forever, floating and spinning like General Zod and his crew in “Superman: The Movie.”

To avoid this, take a look at the cover letter you’re using. If it’s not even remotely interesting to you (and it should be, it’s about you after all), try to think how a stranger reading it would feel. Bored to tears, probably, right? Not to be harsh, but who knows if they’ll even read it all the way to the end.

You have to make them read it. Get their attention at the top of the letter, hold on and don’t let their mind wander from the subject of you until they decide they have to meet you.

I’m not saying you need to take it to this extreme like this guy, who just does it to be funny, but you can learn something by reading his letters. They all have one thing in common: they are fun to read and make you want to finish reading the entire thing.

He uses blunt honesty to add to the humor of his cover letters, but it’s actually not a bad tactic, to a certain extent. Be up front. Try it in a few of your letters and see if it works. If you aren’t getting a lot of calls back anyway, what can it really hurt to say, “I love the job as it’s described in your ad, and I honestly don’t think you’ll find a better candidate than myself.” (And if you aren’t already doing this, remember that you should write your cover letter to be specific to the job ad you’re sending it in for. Generic letters are seldom read.)

Hiring managers can only read “I’m well-educated and have great communication skills” so many times before they go crazy and have to take yet another coffee break. Wake them up with your creativity and make sure they’re riveted enough by your words to flip to your résumé. Don’t include the same tired language everyone else uses. You’re a person, an individual – make them see it!