(Closed) Relocating: More success finding a job before the move or after the move?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t have experience with this, but I would recommend sending out as many applications as possible before moving only because the job market is so tough right now. 

I think if you are to address the relocation in a cover letter (it shouldn’t be mentioned on a resume), it should be simple and mentioned in passing: “I came across (position) with (company) while searching for new opportunities that will arise following my relocation to (city) in (month) 2012.”  If you go into any more detail, it most likely won’t even get read.  Plus, a cover letter is a place to sell yourself, not to justify your move.  (I worked for a hiring manager for a couple years and helped him go through resumes, so this is based off my experience with him)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is a great post! I recently relocated for my Fiance and gave up my job. I am now looking for a job, but am finding opportunities are far and few. However, it probably depends on your field. We opted for me to move right away because I would have had to in 8 months anyway. I also didn’t want to drive half-way across the country by myself.

Like the PP said, start searching and applying before your move if you can. I can’t say whether or not this would have in fact helped me, but it never hurts to get a head start. 

I’ve been using indeed.com to find jobs. It pulls from a lot of different job sites. Cover Letters are an issue for me. I hate writing them and am not the best. Although, I can’t offer too much advice I am going to follow this thread.

Good luck with your search!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t search before we moved.  It took me 6 months after applying to find something and I only had interviews with 2 different places (and got a call for a third after I accepted my current job offer).  I was trying to apply long distance for jobs because we were thinking about moving back but didn’t hear anything.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would attack it from all angles. I wouldn’t wait just because you’re not there yet. While it will certainly be easier once you are there, you don’t want to let any opportunity for a job you like pass you by. I recently relocated to a new city where my Fiance is attending graduate school and actually had phone interviews a few times with a company, interviewed in person the day I moved and was able to start two days later. I thought I would never be able to get a job living 12 hours away but it worked out really well. 

Also, just a tip… remove your current address from your resume. or if your SO is already in the new city, put that address. You don’t want them to not read your resume because they see a different state or city at the top. Also, don’t forget to mention that you aren’t looking for relocation costs (unless you are) because some companies will automatically discount you because there are so many local candidates. Just a few suggestions, good luck!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Oh I also forgot to mention, that you should use your SO as your excuse for relocation. I think people take that more seriously and as a definite committment than just saying that you are relocating, which can sound like you are just looking for any job, anywhere, and aren’t for sure moving to that city.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would first get a job offer and then relocate. Write in the cover letter that you are planning to move to the city and trying to find employment.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I moved last year with about two months notice. I started mapping out possible jobs and sending out resumes and cover letters with the date of my move-in where my address was listed. I conducted phone interviews the last few weeks before I got there, and then did in-person interviews the first week I was there, and got offered a job. I would start looking early to get a sense of what you want and because there’s a huge lag sometimes between advertising a job opening and beginning the interview process. I had companies call me months after I moved here requesting an interview.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just went through the same thing, and I really agree with the PP who said list your future address if possible. When there are so many apps coming in, some employers automatically weed out anyone from outside the area. I would also put something in your cover letter about how you are relocating to that area with a specific timeframe (e.g. March 2012) so they know what your timeline is.

This is the second time I’ve moved when Darling Husband got a new job, and the first time I waited until we got there to search and the the progress was much slower. This time, I started searching as soon as he accepted his new position so I could have a cushion built in for how long it takes for employers to move forward. This time I started about a month in advance, I just got an offer about a week and a half after we moved.

There are a lot of people looking for jobs now, so it can’t hurt to get a head start on getting out as many quality applications as possible. Also, if you know anyone in the area, reach out to them to see if they might have any suggestions or ideas for you. Networking can always help!

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