When searching for a job, there are many factors to consider in your decision-making process like: the salary, the new role you would take on, the additional benefits, the environment at your job, and how this progresses your career.
There is even more to consider when searching for a job out-of-state, or a job that would require relocation. For example: Why is relocation necessary?
Is the company going to help fund your cost of relocation? What is the cost of living compared to your salary when relocated?
It becomes even more complicated if you have a partner or a family accompanying you on the move.
Finding Out-Of-State Jobs
Before even beginning to conduct your initial out-of-state job search, narrow down the areas that would be the most desirable to move to.
Consider all the reasons you want to relocate. Maybe life in the city isn’t for you, or maybe you want to be closer to family. Before you fall in love with a job, make sure the area it is in meets all or most of your wants and needs. Once you have decided on an area of interest, then you can begin searching for jobs.
Consider reaching out to a recruiter in your desired industry. You can opt to reach out to a company recruiter directly or a recruitment company that promotes a variety of positions at an array of companies. These people will have the best understanding of the benefits and pay at a company, as well as the job requirements.
If they feel like the job is a good fit, they can recommend you and potentially set up an interview. Create a network of individuals at your most desired companies by adding them on LinkedIn, but be sure to attach a personal note on why you are reaching out.
Navigating the Interview Process While Searching for An Out-Of-State Jobs
Once you have the help of a recruiter, remove your location from your resume.
Some jobs utilize AI technology, and your location in your resume might remove you from being a contender. Instead, opt to include your location in your cover letter and address your relocation plan quickly while still highlighting why you are the best candidate for the this out-of-state job. Use the network you created to reach out and follow up with the status of your application — a good practice no matter where the job is.
If you get to the interview stage, make sure you are understanding of their processes. Some companies might conduct the interviews by phone, while others might expect you to make the trip. Budget for interview travel, just in case that happens. Additionally, be prepared to be flexible. Depending on how far your relocation is, it could be out of your time zone, meaning interviews and discussions could take place at unique hours.
Regardless of how your interview is being conducted, convey your eagerness to move and your excitement about the company.
When relocating, you aren’t the only person you have to think about, especially if you have kids. While the prospect of getting a better job is certainly ideal, you don’t want to make a big decision like this unless it’s right for your entire family.
Some things to consider when picking a relocation spot would be: school districts, what extracurricular activities are available, public transportation in the area, crime levels, and whether your partner will be able to find a good job here as well. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many jobs have been able to operate remotely. If this option is available to you, maybe relocation isn’t necessary. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons with all of your family members so everyone feels like their voices are being heard.
Finding a Home
It’s no secret that the housing market is turning properties over very quickly. So once you have a job offer, you will want to act quickly to get a home in your most ideal area.
To make this transition as seamless as possible, be as organized from the beginning as you can be, including keeping your finances organized and watching for newly listed properties every day. Consider getting your mortgage pre-approved so you can place an offer right away and compete with other buyers for the most sought-after homes.
Since the market is flipping so quickly, find a real estate agent who would be willing to do virtual tours, as you might not get the opportunity to visit the spot in person.
When searching for your real estate agent, find someone with experience in relocation and who understands your needs. Your recruiter or someone at your new company will probably have a recommendation if they have recently gone through the process of moving.
While some jobs will help with the cost of relocation, plan to pay for your relocation just in case that isn’t offered in your new role. Make sure you have these funds available to you before starting the job search, as you don’t want to mislead potential employers.
When searching for an out-of-state job, continue to demonstrate best practices throughout the recruitment and selection process. These will always set you apart from other candidates whether you live in the area or not. The most qualified candidate will have the most ground to stand on during a benefits negotiation. This could include pushing back your start date so you have plenty of time for your move and to get acclimated in your new area.