(Closed) How do you find a job in another state?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve had both phone and in-person interviews. And honestly, if you clam up and get nervous and babble on the phone while in the comfort of your own home with any notes you need right in front of you to reference, you’re not going to do any better in person.

He needs to work on his interview skills for phone AND personal interviews.

Post # 5
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389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@AquaGrey8962:  Interviewers aren’t looking for a buddy, so I don’t think just being able to shoot the breeze with the interviewer would affect his chances of getting a job that much. But if he can’t answer questions about how he would perform the job, his past experience, or situational questions… that is what would make him lost the job.

I suggest checking out interview books from the library and going over responses to each one. I’ve spent many hours prepping for each interview I’ve ever had.

Another idea is to work with a recruiter. They might be able to help him with his interview skills and put in a good work to the employer for him.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I work in childcare, so I scheduled in-person interviews back-to-back! It was 8 hours round-trip, but your situation is way harder…

I think a public speech class would REALLY help. FI double majored in business/psychology, but he took a TON of speech/public speaking classes so he could communicate in a business/interview setting.

His company is HUGE on interviews (you interview for every promotion), so that class has paid for itself a million times over!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@AquaGrey8962:  In the situations that I’m familiar with (video game company), the phone and Skype interviews are the step before inviting the candidate in for an on-site interview. We use the phone/Skype interviews to learn more about the candidate beyond the portfolio and resume, to see how their personality might gel with the team, and to see how they think on their feet. If a candidate did well on the phone/Skype interview, we’d fly them in for an interview loop and programming test.

Your BF obviously has something great going on with his portfolio and work history to get 7 interviews, but he needs to understand that none of that will do him any good if isn’t an appealing team member to a hiring manager. That’s great that you offered practice interviews – make him do it! If he’s willing to take classes, maybe a communication studies class with team projects and presentations would help a lot.

A lot of places are willing to hire great web debs from anywhere, so he has that in his favor (not just hiring locals) but he NEEDS to learn how to come across better on the phone so he can earn an onsite interview. You can’t just volunteer yourself for an onsite – a company needs to know that a candidate is worth their time and resources before inviting a candidate in.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I feel you, the only reason we’re able to afford to move back to CA from DC is because FI can work remotely (he works for the Federal gov’t). So while he’s still looking for jobs locally, he doesn’t really have to worry about it. I on the other hand and doing just what your BF is doing, trying to find jobs from across the country. It’s rough! Before we settled on moving on a particular date, I had my current address on everything and I wouldn’t even get interviews. Now, I’m putting my parents address on everything so that at least my location isn’t an immediate deterent.

I think once you’re really ready to move, set a date to move and save up to be able to live there for a couple months if you can without jobs. It’s way easier to find jobs while you’re living there. If you can’t do that, start applying to jobs months before you really want to move. Jobs take time and you want to get a head start because you’re at a disadvantage. Also, if you know anyone in the area you want to move, you could stay with them while looking for jobs, or maybe they can put a good word in for you somewhere. If you need anyone to commiserate, please feel free to PM me, I’m going through much of the same thing and it really blows. 🙁

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Most companies only seriously consider candidates that are already living in the area. Depending on the level he is at, that is more likely than not. He should consider moving first, and then finding a job. Can you guys afford that?

My brother is a self-taught graphic artist, too! Only has a high school degree as well. The portfolio has to scream in that case, since his education can’t. My brother has done very well, but has also had his job prospects limited by his lack of degree.However – he has still worked for Fossil Watches, Dr. Pepper, and is currently at a top design firm in Dallas, TX. If you are determined and if he polishes his interview skills, he can do just fine if he’s talented!!

Post # 11
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900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@AquaGrey8962:  I moved last summer from Texas to the NYC area.  I searched online daily and sent resumes, then YES, flew in person for a couple of interviews before I officially moved in June.

It was expensive, but it was worth it…because I got a job!  For the job I currently have, I had to fly here, crash with a friend, rent a car, drive to a new place, interview….

 

But I agree with PPs that the real problem here seems to be that he isn’t interviewing well on the phone.  For the in-person interviews I got, there was first at least an “introductory” phone call that I assume, made them want to invite me for an interview in the first place.  Then I jumped in and offered to fly there for an interview—one place offered to let me skype, but I thought it would show how much I want the job if I went ahead and flew.  So I did.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AquaGrey8962:  Yeah, that really sucks. I actually sometimes put both addresses on my resume, so maybe he could do that?

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