Job Search with Relocation

Frequently clients tell me they are willing or enthused about leaving Nassau County or Suffolk County here on Long Island and seeking employment in another part of the country. If this is you, there are some important strategies to use while conducting your job search.

The applicant tracking software many companies use to pre-screen candidates is routinely set to set to look at the zip code at the top of your resume to identify where you currently live. Furthermore, even if a company is not using such software, employers also look at the current location of an applicant. Companies typically prefer to hire local candidates if local candidates are available and qualified. This is because a long-distance candidate may, in the end, decide not to move, or there may be complexities with the move in terms of finding a new place to live and/or selling a home quickly. 

I encourage my clients to make it very clear in a cover letter or cover note that they have a plan in place, and they can predict, with a fair amount of certainty, when they can be available to work in the new city. Using two zip codes on the resume, a current one, and a planned one, can be a workable strategy. If you have friends or relatives in the new city, do mention this. If you are open to moving to several cities, the best strategy is to create slightly different versions of your cover letters and resumes.

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