Having relocated a number of times to different states, one of the questions I frequently get asked is: “Do you have a job lined up”?
In the administrative arena, and probably for most professions, younger individuals and independent contractors, the answer would be a consistent, “No”. That’s because it doesn’t matter how much experience you have or don’t have, odds are a company won’t hire you if you’re seeking employment and don’t reside in that location.
- A company likes commitment. If you’re not actually there, you may here the phrase, “contact us when you get here”. There’s no guarantee for them that you will actually be there when they are ready to hire you. They don’t want to spend valuable time investing in the whole interview process, only for you to decide at the end that you don’t want to relocate or aren’t able to do so. Also, they may assume you will try to negotiate reimbursement for relocation expenses – which they won’t do.
- They already have a large talent pool to pull from. There’s no shortage of qualified applicants seeking any given employment, especially for in-demand jobs at well-known companies. So, if you’re not local, your information won’t even be considered. Why should they when there are enough local candidates to choose from?
How to work around it:
- Take a chance. If you’re serious about relocating, you actually have to take a risk and move before landing the job. How determined are you to live in that new location? Like anything else, if you want it strongly enough, you have to take the leap of faith. Keep in mind it can be a calculated and educated risk.
- Do your homework: Before you set sail for new horizons, make sure you’ve researched job postings in the area you’re relocating to. Calculate the cost of living for the area and the salary you’re going to need to earn. Factor in the cost of getting around: the price of gas, transit cards, commuting time and other variables. Consider taxes, food prices, neighborhood demographics, arts and culture, etc. All of this is important to be aware of prior to any relocation without employment.
- Get to know the local agencies and recruiters relevant to your background: They are great to help to anyone seeking employment and getting your foot in the door at key companies. Have all your paperwork in order prior to moving and keep everything up to date on your computer. You can even send items to prospective agencies and potential employers in advance of your move. Do this around 2 weeks before your move date. If you send it too far in advance, your information will be placed on the back burner vs. being fresh in their minds for consideration.
My additional “seasoned” advice: make sure you’re going to love where you’re relocating. You’ll have to be aggressive and passionate about it in order to look for work and succeed at it. Have a nest egg and financial cushion in place in the event it takes extra time for you to establish employment. Remember when landing, you’ll need to make time initially for agendas such as apartment hunting, getting acclimated to the area, and how to navigate. Any move is stressful, so don’t forget to allow for enjoyment in the process and breathing room to get established. Take time to celebrate in your new surroundings. Embrace the journey!