Improve Your Odds of Landing an Out-of-Town Job

Until recently, if you needed to relocate for a job in a new city, state, or country, you could expect to get some help from your new boss. Now, according to the workplace blog CareerDiva.net, you may be on your own! In fact, a new survey has found that more than half of all companies have either reduced or eliminated their employee relocation programs in the past year. As you might expect, this trend has a lot to do with the economy. In the past, the typical company spent an average of $40,000 to help new hires move closer to work, but nowadays, statistics show there are at least seven applicants for every job opening. So, hiring managers are less likely to consider out-of-town applicants if they can find great candidates in their own backyard. That’s the word from Nancy Keene, a recruiting director who says that today’s applicants are basically “landlocked,” because companies are paying less to bring in new talent. In other words: She says that if two candidates have similar credentials, hiring managers are more likely to hire the one who lives closest. So, knowing this, how can you improve your odds of landing an out-of-town job?

  • Have a plan. Before you even start applying for jobs, figure out what you’ll do if you can’t sell your home, or if you’ll be stuck in a lease. Many people have reported becoming “accidental landlords,” because they’ve had to rent out an old home long after they’ve moved.
  • If a hiring manager seems apprehensive about hiring you, share your plan. Experts say you’ll stand a better chance if you can demonstrate that moving expenses won’t pose a problem if the company can’t help you.
  • Another way to improve your odds of landing an out-of-town job: Target towns where you can stay with friends and family. That’ll give you a chance to set up a local mailbox, and tell hiring managers that you’re based in the area.
  • Finally: Consider looking for work in smaller towns. Smaller towns have a tougher time attracting talent, compared to big cities. So employers there may be more willing to help pay your moving expenses.

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