If you have a specialized skill in high demand, finding a job in a different state or region may not be difficult. But for most job seekers, finding a job far from their current location involves careful framing of the resume and cover letter.
The words “open to relocation” or “seeking to relocate” should appear in either your cover letter or resume and often in both places. In addition, the resume should stress any ties you have with the area, such as previous jobs in that location.
Out-of-state area codes are not a problem because people carry cell phones with area codes from places they lived in years and years ago. If you are not looking for relocation expenses during your job search, it can help for you to get a mailbox in the new location. You can then use this address in your resume. You may want to state in your resume / cover letter that you have started your relocation to the new area, so your address being not the same as your job does not raise a flag.
Note, recruiters and Applicant Tracking Systems will reject resumes from folks applying from outside the local area in many cases. Therefore, it is important to have an address (or at least a zip code) from the local area. If you do not include this in your resume (such as no address), this also can be a reason for a resume not to be considered. Therefore, to be sure you are included in the pool for consideration, and you want the job in a new area, it can really help to use a local address as the contact address.
If you have contacts in your region of choice, make sure they are aware of your job search. They may be able to speak to a hiring manager or recruiter on your behalf. Don’t expect any company to offer to pay relocation expenses; that is a rare benefit these days.
When you are considering relocation, the right resume is essential. Contact Robin’s Resumes® for help.