Deciding to move to a different city can be bittersweet. Whether you are choosing to relocate for personal reasons, for a career, or are looking to move to try something new – the changes come with a lot of preparation and sometimes big challenges. Such as finding a job in a new city prior to moving. Hiring managers may wonder how apt you are to make the move if you are strictly relocating to follow a career – but there are some things that you can do to help your chances and make the process easier.
Reference Relocation in the Summary
Because recruiting company’s take on average “six seconds” to review a resume, generally the cover letter is skipped over. Any relevant information that a recruiter needs to know will be listed on the resume. Which is why a lot of candidates include a short “summary” paragraph on the top of the resume. This will include things like experience, skills and you guessed it – relocation information.
Share Details in Your Cover Letter (If you Include One)
Like stated in the previous tip, recruiting companies generally overlook cover letters. That’s why we recommend including your relocation details in the summary on your resume itself. Write something like “Interested in relocation to follow my career path of x,y,z” or if you know specifically where you are looking to move to you can include something like “interested in moving to the Boston area” or “Will be moving to the Boston area by end of August”. This shows definitive plans and assures the recruiter or hiring manager that you’re serious about the relocation.
However, if you do choose to include a cover later you can also state this same information there as well. Better to have it in both places, just in case a recruiter or hiring manager doesn’t utilize the cover letter to obtain information on the type of candidate you are.
Add Location Specifics
If there is a specific location that you are considering moving to, include this in the summary section as well. Having a specific city or state that you are open to relocating to may be the indicator that the hiring manager needs to know that you are open to the position despite not being a local. If you know the specifics of date and time of your relocation, include that as well.
Explain the Move
Whether you are willing to relocate simply for your career, or you have specific reasoning of why you are choosing to relocate – sharing the details are extremely beneficial. Some hiring managers or recruiters may be skeptical about relocating candidates because of their commitment. Some candidates suggest or offer to relocate, but are not serious about actually relocating and end up being a waste of time for both parties. So share the reasoning upfront if you are serious about committing to relocating, so they can be confident that you are a potential candidate.
Offer to Pay Relocation Costs
If you are planning on relocating, sometimes the company will extend a relocation package and choose to cover travel costs. However, if the company doesn’t offer relocation fees, or relocation fees have not yet been discussed – consider offering to pay for the costs. There are cases that a company would rather hire someone local and not have to pay a relocation package, so if that is a factor for them in hiring you – offering to cover the costs may bump you up on their list of prospects.