This semester has been quite a journey finding jobs out of state being (well by May 2017) a new college grad. Through my Rochester, NY (coming from Indianapolis, IN) job search I have gotten a slight handle on applying to jobs out-of-state. From sending in countless resumes, writing countless cover letters, having a telephone interviews and scoring actual face-to-face interviews I have gotten a couple tips that I would like to share:
1. Apply EVERYWHERE
When I say everywhere, I really do mean EVERYWHERE. Keep your options open with your career. I have sent in over 30 applications and counting. If you don’t get a response from a company, they have either chosen a candidate in the area or haven’t looked into your resume. Keep on applying to that position there and that position here! Like they all say, “The more, the merrier.”
2. Research the area
Make sure to research the area you’re moving into, whether you know it or not! Employers will ask you questions on why you want to move there, no doubt. With a couple telephone interviews, I have had employers ask me, “What’s your favorite part about Rochester?” other than the reason behind moving there. Be honest (personal reasons, family, a significant other, etc.) but also add your favorite part about the place you want to relocate to or how you like the city’s culture or government. It shows that you have done your part of not only researching the position but also looking into the city!
3. Show you’re willing to put in the effort to get there
Express the fact that you’re willing to pay for the flights, hotel, etc. to get to the place you want. If you really want it, you will do anything to get there. An added plus is if you mention that you’re already looking into places in the area, only if you really are! Showing that you are putting effort to look ahead and plan this out also shows that you are serious.
4. Network with the people there
Networking is key these days, especially if you’re moving to a new city. You do not want to start off not knowing anyone, so network with the people there! Don’t know where to start? Research the company (or companies) you would like to work for on LinkedIn and talk with one of the employees for an informational interview. Remember, approach them professionally, don’t come off too creepy and DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT ASK THEM FOR A POSITION. Instead, ask them about THEM, their position, a day in the life and how they got there. Through that, it might bump up the ante and possibly get a job opportunity down the road. But also, it’ll give you a new networking connection.
5. Don’t give up.
As I mentioned before, I have sent out countless of applications, 20 plus only to get 6 responses from companies for phone interviews and face-to-face interviews. Some of the companies also said they will hold my resume on file since I haven’t graduated yet. Seems more reason to just give up, right? WRONG. Don’t let several no responses or solid no’s get you down. Keep on treading forward. You will eventually find that career out-of-state that will give you new adventures and experiences.
Whether you’re a new college graduate looking for an adventure out of your home state or someone who strives for a new experience, I must admit applying to out-of-state positions is hard work. But in the end, it is definitely worth it to take that first step toward achieving your dream career in your dream city.