Getting a job is hard. Getting a job in a different city, state or country is even harder. But not impossible. Speaking as someone who found a job 1000 miles away, I’ve been through the feeling of stress, rejection and hopelessness. Here are worthwhile tips on how to conduct a long-distance job search.
Network, network, network.
Networking is absolutely essential for any job. If you’re just sending your resume out to random companies, you’re likely not even making it past their filter because of your out-of-town address. Networking with people you know or connecting with people within a company is the best way to ensure your resume is actually seen. LinkedIn is a great virtual resource to find who does the hiring at a specific company and provides a way to reach out to them.
Get involved in your current community.
Though you’re hoping to leave your community, getting involved right now allows you to build relationships and grow your network. It also gives you current involvement on your resume, which is especially good to show if you’re unemployed.
Be honest in your cover letter.
Definitely mention your desire to move in your cover letter and show that you have plans. Be specific and realistic. If you apply for this job now, how soon could you move if you got it? How would you interview? Are you willing to travel even for a basic interview? The easier you make it seem, the more you reassure the hiring manager.
Have references and tell them your goal.
Having plenty of references is always a good thing. Meet with them personally if you can, and tell them your goal. If your references receive a phone call about a job, they can further reassure a company that you are serious about moving and that you are organized and planning it.
Don’t rely entirely on internet job boards.
Regardless if it’s a long-distance job search or not, internet job boards get hundreds, if not thousands of people applying for the same job. It is some stiff competition and your chances aren’t looking great. Because they’re the obvious place to look for a new job, everyone and their mom is applying. Apply for some if they are your dream job, but otherwise skip them and turn to networking and LinkedIn.
Build a support system.
This will undoubtedly be a trialing time for you. Make sure you have someone to support you, whether it be a distraction, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to bust out the wine as needed. Shout out to my mom on this one!
Regardless of what happens, you will want to make sure you have enough money saved to fund that potential relocation. Any excuse to save is a good one, am I right?
Reach out on LinkedIn.
From personal experience, I have found LinkedIn to be invaluable in a job search. I actually received my first job through LinkedIn, which also was the job 1,000 miles away from home. LinkedIn allows you more freedom to reach out and message company leaders about job opportunities in a professional setting. Many people create a LinkedIn account but never use it. Don’t be one of those people! You’re missing out on such a modern, professional tool.
Be patient and relax.
While being patient is probably the most difficult advice to actually follow, it is also the most important. Finding a new job under any circumstance can take months or even years. You will likely face a lot of rejection, but if moving is important enough to you, you’ll find a way to make it happen.
Have you ever found a job in a different city, state, or country? Any other tips you would add or experiences to share? Comment below!