Aug 18, 2018 - 02:51 PM
You should include your address or "willing to relocate" on your cover letter when applying for a job in a different city in specific situations. Some city positions such as police officers or fire fighters or government positions might require you to live within specific city or county limits. If you are applying for a job that involves on-call hours like an emergency room or news crew position, mentioning that you live close by could be advantageous.
In some cases, employers will stop reading your resume if the see your address is too far away and would require a long commute. Many bosses are afraid long travel times will result in tardiness or dissatisfaction in the long run. By leaving your address off your resume, you help ensure a hiring manager will read at least some of it and consider your merits before excluding you solely based on where you live.
Apr 25, 2019 - 02:15 PM
Next to your address on your resume, add an asterisk with a line stating that you’re willing to relocate. Then, use your cover letter to elaborate: "Please note that I’m relocating to Seattle in October 2019." You can explain that you are moving to take on new challenges (like the job you are applying for), returning to be closer to family, or simply want to expand your options. You can also explain that you are available for interviews by listing when you might be in town, or that you are always available by phone.
The reason it is a good idea to mention that you’re planning on relocating for other reasons (family, new environment) is that employers can get nervous that you might leave if you don't like the new locale (and then they'll have to start the time-consuming and expensive recruitment process all over again). If your relocation is dependent on landing the job, you need to mention that in your resume and cover letter.