“I just graduated from a university in Georgia, and I’m willing to go anywhere for a job. Seriously, I’ll go anywhere from New York to Chicago to rural Arizona. I have debts to pay off, and I need to start working right away. But I have a problem: Most of my potential employers can’t pay transition fees and only want local candidates. How can I land the job if they drop me the minute they see my address?”
There are several ways around this common problem, but the one you choose will depend on three simple questions:
If your answer to any of these three question is no, you’ll need to be honest and upfront about this fact in your cover letter. And you’ll need to keep being honest and upfront as you speak to the employers over the phone when they call you in for an interview. And of course, during the interview, you’ll need to discuss the subject again if you’re asked. Employers invest time and money in the selection process, and if this is a deal-breaker for them—or for you—it’s a smart and respectful move to let them know.
There’s nothing wrong with simply stating the truth, as in: “I’ll need at least one month to relocate, since I’m moving from Georgia,” or “can we schedule the interview for next week instead? I’ll be flying myself out and I won’t able to make it in by tomorrow.”
If your answer is yes to all three of the questions above, then your goal is simple: Keep your location from becoming an issue that can cast doubt over your candidacy. Here are a few cover letter and resume moves that can help:
The best way to get around a cut-off based on geographical area is simple, though it’s easier said than done: Just be the very best candidate in the applicant pool. Present your potential employers with an offer they’d be fools to refuse, and start with a powerful resume that leaves absolutely no room for doubt. Visit LiveCareer for a free resume and cover letter builder that can help you make your case.