5 Tips on Applying to Out-of-State Jobs

Professional Development

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!

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Visiting New York City (Summer 2016)

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.

Balancing A Perfectly Imbalanced Life

Personal

One word: Stressed. Rather, let’s emphasize that… I repeat, STRESSED.  This past year I’ve been feeling it constantly and it’s growing. Perhaps it’s my high functioning anxiety or the fact that I’m trying to battle it alongside my clinical depression. Whatever it is, it’s taking over my life.

My high functioning anxiety causes me to be the “perfectionist,” or the “Type A” kind of person. A lot of people see that I’m quite the overachiever and have my life together. From having an hourly schedule to monthly calendars and being anal about budgeting or keeping up, I’m honestly a mess. The thing that many people don’t see is I am struggling and really, don’t have my life together at all. (Cue in my clinical depression.)

At times there are moments where I just want to give up or ask myself, “What’s the point?” In the morning I was motivated to conquer the world but two hours in, I felt like going back to bed and doing nothing at all. Yet, half-hour later anxiety kicks in and complains that you must keep busy or you won’t get anywhere.

Cue in the crazy thoughts. Such as the fear of being alone (separation anxiety and YES, adults have it too) or the fact that you want to say so much but just can’t get yourself to because you’re so afraid of having people make fun of you?

The idea of being invited to a party is so exciting but in reality, I dread being at the party with people I don’t even know. I say in reply, “I’m just busy tonight,” and if they complain “You’re always busy!” I always smile and say, “Well I enjoy being busy.”  (Which is a lie, let me tell you that straight up.)

I end up doing tiny things that only a rare few have noticed, such as the fact I can NEVER sit still and I fidget, A LOT. The thought of all of that causes low self-esteem on my part, thinking to myself the grandeur question, “What if I’m never going to be good enough? For my family? For my friends? For my loved one? For myself?”

In the end, it causes you to crash and you end up in your bed alone anyways. (Depression aren’t you just a dandy thing?) Just a cycle of emotions from anxiety to depression and vice versa. Literally the only thing consistent in my life it seems these days. Now just living with that constant anxiety and depression, it has taught me a lot about balancing my perfectly imbalanced life.

I’ve been through therapy which has helped quite a bit, especially after I made the personal choice of refraining from taking medication. But I realized I need to learn because I can’t depend on a therapist my entire life.

There are little things that I do to get in control of my anxiety and depression. Like adult coloring books (No, not the ones you are thinking of, although some are rather hilarious.) and making to-do lists. Taking the time to drink some hot tea and play a video game which may be rage inducing. But the biggest key on how I control my anxiety and depression?

Meditate or take a walk. That’s what I do. Even at work, I just leave for a bit and walk about the building. I try to take deep breathes just to get my mind back in control. Usually my panic attacks cause my shortness of breathe, heart to ache and on occasion passing out. But getting control of my crazy mind is key. Just telling myself to relax or having someone else say it to me helps A LOT.

Once that happens, I force myself to have positive thoughts instead of the Negative Nancy that comes along with depression. Even more so, I BELIEVE in myself and take a step back. “Baby steps,” I whisper to myself. Baby steps, some video games, coffee or tea. Good. Family, friends, happy boyfriend and cat? Much better. Realizing that life isn’t so perfect and that there are people who love and care for you even with the struggles makes living a perfectly imbalanced life not so bad.