How to Relocate to Apply for a Job

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    • 1). Ask family, friends and associates if they have any job connections or experience living in your chosen city. Gaining this insight can help you decide if relocating to the area is the right move for you, and you may also pick up job leads.

    • 2). Save at least three months of living expenses and have a backup plan. No matter how qualified you are or how much experience you may have, it can be tough getting a job in a new city, especially if you haven't moved yet. You need money to eat, pay the rent and get around your new city until you start earning a paycheck. Your backup plan will be your last resort in the event you can't find a job after moving, and can include anything from living with relatives to taking a temporary gig or going back to your old city.

    • 3). Confirm that there are several employers in your field with active job listings before you move. Browse classified ads and job search websites to see what is available. If you find a high number of listings, it's more likely that you will be able to find a job once you relocate.

    • 4). Apply for jobs a month before you relocate, unless the job posting states the position needs to be filled immediately -- you won't be in your new city yet, so there's no way you'd be able to make a quick start date. Since it can take other employers several weeks to process applications and schedule interviews, it's a smart idea to put in an application and resume with them as early as possible.

    • 5). Pay for your own relocation, if necessary, and mention this in your cover letter; this particularly important if the job you want has a large pool of qualified applicants. For example, if you're applying to be an executive assistant, it is likely that there will be many locals to choose from, so companies will have no need to pay for you to relocate. Expecting an employer to pay for your move will be a huge disadvantage.

    • 6). State in your cover letter when you plan to move. This is important so that employers will know you're serious about moving, regardless if you get the job or not. Applicants that state they will move upon hiring don't look as attractive because it does not indicate that they have living and other arrangements already in place, which can delay an employee's start date.

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