The Best Tips for Getting an Out of State Job

The Best Tips for Getting an Out of State Job

Hey everybody, it’s Andy back for another
week to help you build a career you love. Today we’re going to talk about how to get
an out of state job, so what those best tips are. This is really your remote job search, so
if you’re like me and you’re in the United States and you’re looking to change states,
these techniques will apply, but I’ve also used these tips for people who are outside
the US who want to move to the US or want to change countries. These techniques will apply regardless, but
it is about moving for a job. I’m assuming as we go through this that you’ve
decided you want to move. This is not about a company who hired you
who is going to relocate you. This is about targeting opportunities in another
state that you would like to move to. It is more complicated than searching for
an opportunity within your city. Let’s run through these. I’ve got nine of them. Some are a little more static, some are a
little more dynamic, but let’s run through them. I think you’ll enjoy them. The first thing is I would take your address
off your resume. It’s subtle and simple, but we don’t need
to confuse matters if you are sending your resume to a different city or a different
state. I generally recommend that you have an address
of some sort or you let the employer know what town or state that you’re in, but in
this particular case, I’m a fan of removing it. It will only cause you hardship to leave it
on and reduce the chances that somebody’s actually going to give you a call back for
an interview. The first thing that I would do is I’d remove
your resume. The second thing is along the same lines. If you have an opportunity or you know somebody
in the city that you are moving toward, it is kind of nice if you can have a home base
in the city you want to move to. I realize that that is not always the case,
but tip number two, if you can get an address in the target city, that will favor you. I would put that on the address. Those are just some things that you can clean
up on the resume. I also recommend on your LinkedIn profile
putting the city that you want to move toward. It will help as recruiters are searching for
candidates in their area. They’re more likely to come across your profile
if you have the city that you want to move in on the LinkedIn profile. Your LinkedIn profile is not a legal document. In this particular case, it’s okay to give
yourself a leg up. If you do get calls out of the blue from recruiters,
it’s always okay to say, “I put that on my profile because I have decided I am moving
there, so I started my search.” It’s perfectly okay. That’s step number three. All right, tip number four is I would start
to put together a target list of companies in the city you want to move toward. I always recommend that no matter who you
are, however junior or senior you are, that you drive your job search based on your targeted
company list. It is never more important than if you’re
moving cities to make sure that you have a list of great companies that you can reach
out to. If you want more information on how to put
a target company list together, I did an entire live office hours on that. I’ll put the link in the description so you
can check that out. There’s 12 steps to putting together a great
target company list, so I would start targeting organizations in that area so you can connect
up with them with your resume, your cover letter, your LinkedIn in mails and however
you’re going to reach out to those organizations, but I would definitely have a list that you
are targeting. That’s number four. Number five, I would then start looking at
the job boards. I wouldn’t just look for positions that are
available in the target city that you want, but I also like using the job boards to evaluate
which companies are hiring. Even if they don’t have a position that suits
you perfectly, if the organization is hiring people, it’s usually an indication that it’s
in growth mode and it would be a great company for you to reach into with your resume and
your cover letter. I’ve also provided some free cover letters
about how to apply when there’s no job opening. You can check those out, but I would use the
job boards to make sure that you’re also servicing positions that are available, but also companies
that are hiring to augment your targeted company list. That’s number five. Number six, I recommend using LinkedIn to
do some online networking with people in that particular city. Start following companies in that city. Start looking for people who work at organizations
in that city. Start reaching out to them. You can say, “Hey, I noticed you work for
this organization in such and such a city. I’m moving there and I’m trying to foster
relationships with people who are there. I’d love to know how you feel about the city,
your organization,” and so on. It’s okay to be upfront and honest, but I
would start to plant the seed with people who are in that area and see if you can strike
up a relationship with them. You never know. They might be able to turn into an employer
referral for you or at least give you some insight, locations to live, organizations
that are hiring, whatever it might be. You’d be amazed at what the locals know, so
I would use LinkedIn to do that. Tip number seven, I would look at any meetup
groups or online groups or organizations within that city that you might be able to join,
learn, start networking with people in that town. In addition to LinkedIn, I would still look
for online networking groups or other types of groups where you can get connected. Maybe if you’re going to take some visits,
you might plan them around meeting dates, things of that nature, but that’s another
great way to give you a leg up on targeting opportunities in a new city. That’s number seven. All right, so number eight. This is really where the rubber meets the
road. This is as you start to communicate with the
organizations in that target city. You’ve looked at your target companies. You’ve got your city that you want to move
to. You’re going to start reaching out to them,
whether you’re applying directly through email or through the applicant tracking system. When you get your cover letter together, there
are some messages that have to be conveyed in the cover letter, but before we go into
any of those, I want you to understand the recruiter or the HR person’s mindset when
they’re looking at somebody from out of town. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes they’re
concerned about the relocation expenses. They might not be able to afford the additional
expense of moving you from a different city, so that’s one thing that some of them might
be concerned with. All of them, they’re always concerned with
whether you actually will follow through with the move. An out of town employee is a much greater
risk than somebody that lives in the city, so you need to put those fears to bed. When you put your cover letter together, you
need to be very explicit on a few things. “I’m reaching out because I want to work for
your organization and I’ve targeted your organization because it’s a great one and I have determined
that I am moving to your city for sure.” You’ve got to leave no doubt. You can’t make it conditional, like, “I will
move if I’m offered a job.” It has the same effect that they’re just as
concerned about the relocation expenses and all these other things that are going to come
up. It needs to be solid, and you also might want
to include your rationale for why you are moving to that city, to the extent that you
can add in extremely solid reasons, “I’m moving there for family. I’m moving there for friends. My wife or my husband is getting relocated
because of their job.” Whatever it might be, if you have that at
your disposal, I would put it in the cover letter because that will help them rest easy
that you are truly coming. The other thing that you might want to put
in there is that you are coming no matter what and you are happy to pay your own relocation
expenses. The most important thing is that you want
to get with a great organization, which you think they are, and so on. You can check out some of my other cover letter
templates that you can use, but you want to make sure that you are adding these elements
in because you want to diffuse those issues. You do not want the employer worrying about
that as an out of town person who’s going to relocate. Number nine, I would also be very flexible
on the interviews. To the extent that you can, accommodate their
phone screen. Knowing that you’re out of town, they’re likely
going to screen you on the phone. They might do a video interview and after
a couple of sessions, they’re going to want you to come in and be as flexible and accommodating
as you can. If you want some tips to handle the phone
interviews and the video interviews and those kind of things, I’ll put those links in the
description here as well so you can get some tips on how to interview effectively. Those are the nine tips. I know that it’s a little bit more complicated. Some of these will apply, some of these won’t,
but you want to make sure that you’re doing all of the things that you possibly can, you’re
not just combing LinkedIn and a couple of job boards to see what positions are available. There’s a lot more to it. If you want more on the overall job search
and how I would allocate my time, I would check out my live office hours on why your
job search is taking so long. I would also check out that live office hours
I mentioned about building a target company list. Those will both really help you. If you love this, give me the thumbs up. Make sure to subscribe to the channel because
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  • Andrew LaCivita says:

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  • Dustin Motley says:

    Andy, even if you remove your address, won't jobs see where you live by your job history? My goal is to move from Minnesota to the East coast. Most jobs have 2-3 part interviews. I would need time to fly out there. Another issue is I could potentially miss out on any relocation packages by not telling where I live.

  • Dustin Motley says:

    What should one put on their resume when trying to relocate? Willing to relocate, relocating for family reasons, relocating to TARGET city and state?

  • Cass Thompson Career Advice says:

    Great tips! I have found that large (10k plus) Facebook groups that are of interest to you are another great place to find people to network with because you have something in common. I’ve seen people reach out on these groups and just say “thinking of moving to Austin to work in tech, I’d love to talk with anyone who lives in the area” and plenty of people reach out.

  • Greg Carley says:

    I'm thinking about it and trying to find the courage to work out of state! Thanks for the tip

  • Kylie Carlson says:

    Great tips for those looking to change careers – I think some of my students would be interested in this.

  • A. C. says:

    Great Video. 🙂

  • James Schultz, Ph.D. says:

    LinkedIn for local tips and tricks…that's a nifty little hack, Andy!

  • Jill W. Fox says:

    Thanks Andy! These are great tips, since this can be a hard thing to do.

  • ClassRoutines says:

    Love your tips & ideas. My daughter did this & improved her life. Like 32 + subscribed. Visit my channel + subscribe back if you like my video.

  • Bill Benoist says:

    I am asked this question quite often by clients and love that you answered this with a really great informational video.

  • Adriana Girdler says:

    Interesting point about putting your desired city on your LinkedIn profile. I wouldn't have thought of that! Cheers!

  • Professor Heather Austin says:

    Andy, I absolutely loved these tips for getting an out of state job. I especially like tip #6 about using LinkedIn to network. Great stuff.

  • Cass Thompson Career Advice says:

    Totally agree about being up front and clear on your moving intentions in your cover letter. Great tips!

  • Natalia Ferreira says:

    Hey Andrew, thank you for your truly inspiring videos. I'm determined to change my career, and even more, to move to another country. Should I put the reason why I want to change a career? Should I even mention it in my cover letter? I would really appreciate your answer. Thank you in advance.

  • Joel Ojo says:

    Hello Andrew, how can I convince a company to hire me if I do not have a work permit in the country I wish to apply for a role in.

  • NowFaith 12042011 says:

    I put in my brother in laws’s address in Greenville, NC where I plan to relocate with my husband and nephew. What happens when the employer asks for an interview and I actually live in Bronx, NY?

  • Nicholas Long says:

    Great tips. I'm gonna use all these for my move this summer. One question I still have is how early should I start contacting companies with my resume or application?

  • Paul Grocz says:

    Would you be better off not mentioning that you're not there presently and making yourself very open to interview times or is that just too difficult to pull off? I'm just concerned about getting ignored with any mention of not being there. As you said, it's always easier for them to go with an established local.

  • k g says:

    How can a canadian look for jobs? Are US employers reluctant to hire Canadians

  • Andrew Sullivan says:

    This may be a minor thing, but it's something that popped into my mind. I live near Boston and began my job search in Dallas two weeks ago. I have a temporary base in Duncanville so I can change my resume address. My phone number has a Boston area code. Do I include my current phone number?

  • MM JJ says:

    Andy, I'm applying for jobs in NY (where I lived for 12 years), although I'm currently living in another state. Are most (or many) applicant tracking systems set up to screen out applicants who aren't located in-state? Even though I can leave my address off my resume and cover letter, I've found that most application systems require you to list your address. Even if I explain in my cover letter that I'll be moving to the NY shortly, that does me no good if the ATS automatically rejects my application (or doesn't rank it high in the search results when the HR person runs the search for the position for which I've applied) and the cover letter is never read. I can list my friend's address in NY when I apply, and if it becomes an issue later on, say that I was staying there temporarily at the time I submitted the resume. However, that would not be truthful. Thoughts? Thank you.

  • A Scott says:

    Andrew, what about the possibility of your current employer seeing your Linkedin profile with a different city listed and being called into the HR office whilst job hunting ??!

  • Maria R says:

    HELP!!!! How long before moving should i start looking for a job???????

  • OfficialMichelle- marie says:

    Can ANYONE get one? Like even those who just work minimum wage jobs?? Like im planning on getting my nail tech license and my pharmacy tech certification and have 6 years of minimum wage jobs behind me on my resume, i know the certifications im going for arent prestigious but my small town in nebraska doesnt have anything for me and i see myself living in places like the carolinas, tennessee or even oregon, i am 23 years old and i want to move out of my state there is literally nothing here, the only kind of safe and stable way to move to a new state for a career if your company that you work for doesnt relocate you, would be to go to college in another state, but i think that might be more expensive

  • BlueToast says:

    I've been doing this for 2 years with no luck. I'm just going to move with no job.

  • CodingEvelynMiami says:

    I actually need the relocation package. How do I find companies willing to provide a package/assistance? How can I sway an employer? I will move just to get my career started.

  • duhneesy says:

    Oh my goodness thank you so much! I'm 22 and I'm moving to New Jersey for Hopes to have a fresh start and I'm applying for many jobs! Thank you for your tips!!!

  • ItsKayTho says:

    I’ve had an employer ask how soon I plan to relocate (FL to TX). The truth is as badly and excited I am about moving, I don’t plan to move without secured employment. So, it’s a tough question to answer for me 🤔

  • Patrick J. Trevenen says:


  • Creative Souldier says:

    Tip #1 is useless. I have tried getting a job in Utah for 9 months now. Every application requires you to fill it out online. All the university websites, state and Federal websites require an online resume and application. It won't let you submit or go onto the next page without filling out your address which is required. How do you avoid putting your address on an online application since it's required? I live in Texas.

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