Post # 1
So DH and I are determined to leave the Northeast this year. The problem is we need to find jobs wherever we go. We are not looking for relocation assistance (although that would be an amazing bonus), but know that it’s difficult to have your resumes/cover letters read if you are not local. Since I’m a more specialized field (non-profit/higher ed finance/accounting) and DH works in insurance, it might be easier for me, but until we try – we don’t know. We’ve been seriously looking at Texas, but I heard that it’s rather exclusive there in terms of jobs, so I worry. Honestly, I’ll gladly take a job at my level in any state that is not in the Northeast or California.
So before I go about this, can any Bees tell me if they:
1) Were able to relocate successfully?
2) How did they do it? Via recruiter/headhunter? Just sp@mming resumes?
3) Were they in a specialized field?
4) Any other advice they can offer Bees in a similar situation?
I’m starting the search and application process tonight – I just want to make sure I’m going about it the right way.
Post # 3
We recently relocated across the country and I found my job first (in academia, so everyone is out-of-state) and it took my husband about 2 months to find an IT job once we moved. He applied for several months before we moved and didn’t even get a response from anyone. I ended up quitting my job (long story, my boss was mentally ill) and I’ve been looking for another 3 months and finally have some interviews and hopefully will have something in February. Anyway, it’s very hard to find a job out-of-state, but easier in academia or if you know anyone. My husband found his job through a recruiter, I did not, although one job I’m interviewing for now was through a recruiter who found me on his own. I am much more specialized than he is, since I have a PhD, and it was easier for him to find a job once we moved. I’m not really sure what advice to give, other than just try to beef up your resume/cover letter as much as you can to get them looked at. If you can move first, that would be ideal, but obviously you would have no income for a while.
Post # 4
We relocated based on my husband’s job. He wasn’t able to find anything where we lived in CO for a starting engineer and was able to get a job here in AL. They hired pretty much everyone from out of the area (including 2 others from CO) so we didn’t have problems with them looking at his resume then. I didn’t start looking for a job until a year later.
Post # 5
Your right – my uncle is VP of HR at a very large corporation and they won’t even look at any resumes that don’t have a local address. Really frustrating!
Do you have any family that you can use their address on your resume? An old contact from high school or college? When we relocated, I used my mom’s friend’s address on my resume when I started applying for jobs.
Post # 6
@RunnerBride13: Thanks for the input. Yeah, moving first can only be an option for one of us – not both (i.e. if I found a job before DH, we’d move and vice-versa). It’s too risky otherwise. I’m trying to have as many keywords as possible on my resume/cover letter, and I’m hoping the fact that it’s for a director and up position will help me.
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: That’s REALLY good to know about Alabama! I will see what listings they have. 🙂 Thank you.
Post # 7
I am in the same boat so unfortunatly I don’t really have advice. The one thing I have been doing is on the application when it asks the reason for leaving current position, I say because I am relocating to that city. Good luck!
Post # 8
@Sea_Ashley: I have to disagree with this. I am in HR, and we look at resumes for all over, have no problem paying to fly a candidate in for interviews, etc. Obviously every company is different, but if you’re looking at one that has multiple office locations (like mine), a lot of times they have to fly people into HQ anyway, and its less of a big deal. I would look at companies like this, and less so at the smaller single office companies.
@MrsNewDay: I don’t have much other advice to give, we are literally doing the same thing this spring, moving from NY to whatever the best school my husband gets into, and I will be attempting to find a job before we move. It’s not unheard of, heck its not even uncommon, but my strategy is to make sure we have enough to afford rent without me working for at least a few months and that can contribute to a substantial security deposit since most rentals aren’t going to appreciate a jobless person and a student! I do think it’s a good idea to stress in your cover letter that you are already relocating so they know you really are moving out that way, and clearly have some sort of arranged plan that won’t involve them forking over moving fees.
Post # 9
@Sea_Ashley: Hmmm… You know what? I do have a contact in one of the states I want to work in. I’ll ask her if it would be possible to use her address.
Post # 10
@whitums: I am in HR, and we look at resumes for all over, have no problem paying to fly a candidate in for interviews, etc.
That’s what I thought as well even though everyone seems to be all negative about it. We just hired two controllers here – neither one of them was local, and our city isn’t exactly economically thriving at the moment. I think that if you have the skills, experience, and credentials, the company will work with you.
I’m trying to be positive about this search b/c I see people all around me get opportunities that they want where they want. I will fight to get that too. 🙂
Post # 11
We relocated to another town, a few hours away, so not AS far. But a few tips I found that worked:
-Call out right in the first few lines of your cover letter that you are in the process of moving there…also you might want to white lie about your husband. I had everyone asking what mine was going to do for his job if i took this one and moved (luckily for me he has his own business and telecommutes), but i think ppl were worried about me taking the job and then leaving if my husband couldn’t find work in the area.
-Have a plan. They’re going to ask you about where you plan to live, etc….show them youhave a plan. “We’re going to buy in xyz area. My husband will join me in June”. Show them you are planning for this, and not just flying by the seat of your pants (even if you are!)
-Research any local professional groups in your area of expetise.
-Also, make sure you research cost of living in the new area….you might need a lot more or less money to maintain the same standard of living.
Post # 12
@whitums: That is true, it really depends on the company and the position you are applying for. As a person with little experience (3 years out of college), my out-of-state resume would probably get thrown away 🙂