Life changes.  We adapt and move forward.  In the job market, often that means making a few tweaks to our resume.  Kim Isaacs, a Monster.com Resume Expert, wrote an excellent article about applying for jobs that would cause you to relocate.  Though employers would rather recruit local applicants, more and more “about half of all job seekers are willing to move for the right job.”  Check out Isaacs’ tips to get your resume noticed.

 

1. Mention Relocation

At the top of your resume specify your availability to relocate.  You can specific, such as “Searching for a job in the Chicago area.”  This gets the point across that you are committed to moving.  If the location is more flexible, a statement like “Available to relocate to the Northwest.”  You also might already have plans to move.  This can also be stated at the top of your resume by stating when and where you are moving.

 

2. Use Your Cover Letter

Isaacs says, “Your cover letter is the perfect place to explain your situation.”  It is where you can elaborate and state your relocation preferences.  Isaacs mentions the top three: Targeting a specific area, retiring to your hometown, and keeping your options open.  In the article, Isaacs gives specifics sentences that you can easily plug in your own information.

 

3.  Be Available to Interview

It is wise to be available in the specific area you are targeting.  This time will allow you to attend a face-to-face interview.  It also gives you a chance to explore the location.  You should mention in your cover letter that you will be available to interview in the location for a specific length of time.

 

4. Cover Your Relocation Expenses

When you face a competitive job search, often you are compared to local interviewees.  The reality is you may have similar qualifications.  Isaacs points out the obvious, “consider that you may open more doors for yourself if you are willing to pay relocation costs.”  You can use this as a selling point and should mention it in your cover letter.

 

5. Avoid Using a Separate Address

If you are using a false address to try to get an edge, you are making a mistake.  This can cause problems and create confusion.  Isaacs example is that if you are called for an interview, you will be forced into an uncomfortable discussion that you do not live in town.  Be honest that you do not live local.  Isaacs encourages to use the above strategies to show you are willing to move if given the opportunity.

 

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