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Old 07-09-2007, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I know someone tried to explain this to me in a previous thread, but I still don't get it. Can anyone else help me out here? Specifically, I would like to know:
1. Do we put the local address on the resume and cover letter?
2. Do we also obtain a local phone number?
3. If an employer contacts us, do we then tell the truth about where we really are?
4. Should we be concerned that we are lying to a potential employer?

We're not getting many leads by being here in California and applying online.
Any suggestions would be welcomed. By the way,my husband currently works for a company that writes business accounting software. He then trains and supports new customers. Something similar would be ideal.

Thanks so much.
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Based on the lack of response, I'll conclude that honesty is still the best policy. Hopefully our patience and perseverance will help us reach the final goal--Colorado.
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:01 PM
 
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Rebagirl,

I do think that honesty is the best policy in that you shouldn't try to deceive. However, if you're on the job boards, you may find that recruiters or employers do a search for "Colorado" -- and they won't find you. That's why some people suggest putting a Colorado address on your resume. If you do that, however, I would be VERY clear that you are currently out of state, so it doesn't come off as deceptive.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Thanks, tfox. We feel kind of stuck sometimes, in that we can't move until we find jobs, but possibly can't find jobs until we move.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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In June 2002, we left So Calif (Costa Mesa) and came to Denver metro area. Neither of us had a job or place to live lined up, but did aquire a Denver phone number while we were still living in So Calif. (didn't need it though). We spent 2 weeks living in a room at the Holiday Inn in Englewood, found a 1 bedroom apartment in Englewood to move into. My wife found a job in less than a month after moving here; it took me a few months longer.
It can be extremely hard (if not impossible) to look for a job in one State while living in another. When we move from Colorado to North Carolina, again, we will have no job lined up and may (again) have to live in room at a Holiday Inn for a couple of weeks before finding a descent apartment before buying another house.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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In June 2002, we left So Calif (Costa Mesa) and came to Denver metro area. Neither of us had a job or place to live lined up, but did aquire a Denver phone number while we were still living in So Calif. (didn't need it though). We spent 2 weeks living in a room at the Holiday Inn in Englewood, found a 1 bedroom apartment in Englewood to move into. My wife found a job in less than a month after moving here; it took me a few months longer.
It can be extremely hard (if not impossible) to look for a job in one State while living in another. When we move from Colorado to North Carolina, again, we will have no job lined up and may (again) have to live in room at a Holiday Inn for a couple of weeks before finding a descent apartment before buying another house.
Wow, thanks for your input as well. If it were just my husband and I, we'd be more willing to move without jobs. However, we are a family of 5, so the risk becomes even scarier for us. If a job could be found within a couple of months we'd be fine, but of course there are no guarantees. My husband is also in the exact same age range as you and your wife, which presents another problem, I imagine. No easy answers, that's for sure, but you've given us something to think about. Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:22 PM
 
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First post to the forum...long time "lurker."

I had to comment on this thread, if only to encourage RebaGirl. I have a very similar tale to tell, and all I can say is that, though it requires a little investment, I have found an incredible organization in Denver that exists to integrate out-of-state executive-level folks into the Denver community in one of the most unique ways I've ever experienced. I took the step of engaging this company because I, too, could not "break in" to the Denver job market, even with what I consider to be quite a fantastic resume/background in my line of work.

The problem (well...a problem only when you are out of state) with Denver is that it is full of smart, educated, savvy folks, and the need for Colorado employers to look out of state for employees is quite small.

Moderator cut: RemovedMy wife and 2 girls and I are thrilled we took the initiative to move here - it's worth any effort!

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Old 07-14-2007, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Mesa
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I think many employers are hesitant to talk to out of state applicants for a variety of reasons - fear of having to pay for the relocation, time needed between the offer and the employee starting work, fear of the prospective employee deciding not to relocate after all, availability of local hires, etc.

One option for the local number is to open a VOIP account and obtain a "virtual" Denver phone number, which you can forward to your personal cell phone. As for a local address, you can obtain a mailbox at one of the mailbox services for a reasonable monthly fee. Be sure to use a mailbox service like The UPS Store or PakMail and not the post office - your address at the mailbox services will be a street address with a box number that you can list on your resume as 123 Main St, #445 etc (rather than "box #).

In your cover letter, if you want, you can always state that you're in the process of relocating and would be available to start a job within XX weeks. Or, if you have a set moving date, you can state you are available for interviews on xxxx dates and will be completely moved in by yy date.

Depending on what you do, have you tried contacting the temporary employment agencies to get a feel for their needs for your job skills? Temp work is often a great way to get fast work and fast local references.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:11 AM
 
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Thanks to all who replied. You've offered some excellent suggestions.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:22 AM
 
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I found a thread on Dice.com - Job search for Technology Professionals that is also in regard to using a local address, phone number, etc. I think I've decided to be 100% honest. I understand the importance of getting one's foot in the door, but there are too many issues that could end up working against us. My gut feeling tells me to be upfront. Hope this helps someone else.
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