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Old 06-17-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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For the second one, what exactly is your plan? Very few jobs will not want to see you in person and not many will offer to pay your expenses. Personally I wouldn't ask either of those questions. You may as well stop applying to jobs far away if you can't swing the cost of travel for the interview.

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For #2, you should have thought about this BEFORE you applied for the job. Its your responsibility to figure out how to get to the interview and how to get to the job if hired. Employers don't typically schedule interviews weeks in advance so you have to be willing to make last-minute travel arrangements, if you are going to apply for jobs outside of your area.

One way applicants typically mitigate their expenses are by applying for other jobs in that area, and hopefully scheduling more than one interview during the trip, thus increasing your chances that the expense of travel will pay off in the form of a job.

In this case since you are working with a recruiter you might talk to them and say you'd like a little advance notice to schedule your trip.

Unfortunately, when you have applied to over 500+ jobs and heard back from maybe 5 of them, you don't really expect to get anywhere when applying on an online application. In this case, I actually did have a plan- when I applied a month ago, I was going to be in the Charleston area ANYWAY and mentioned this on my cover letter, giving dates and expressing my interest in interviewing during this time. Of course they called to set up the initial phone interview the last day of my trip and there was no way to extend it.

Scheduling more than one interview at a time? Hah. That's a luxury that I certainly don't have.



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Some places will fly you in. What field are you in?

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. While it may be a strain, if you think its a great job and your "ideal company", then, you don't have much to lose. Just drive if you can, and find a decent hotel on the outskirts of town or in a suburb to save money. Or take a friend and make a road trip out of it.

I think you will regret more not spending the money, always thinking back to "what if I did" as opposed to spending it and not getting it. Just my two cents
I'm an entry level, fresh out of college graduate hoping to find work in the university administration (specifically international student administration and study abroad) or nonprofit/NGO work. This company is a major software company catering to those markets.

While I have tentative access to a car, I have not driven in over 4 years and even when I did drive, it was only a few dozen times on the back roads where I grew up. This would be about a 6 hour drive and I'd want to return trip that night. A 12 hour drive for my first time driving in 4 years when I have only driven, at the longest, half an hour seems to spell disaster. I recently moved back to Atlanta so I have absolutely no friends here to road trip with. Normally my boyfriend would take the time off of work (which is how I plan to get to Atlanta area interviews so I don't get sweaty disgusting on buses and walking right before an interview) but since this would require a move away from him, it's not something he's willing to do in this case.

Flying isn't even on my radar. Looking at flights for next week, it would cost over $700. I was planning on taking Greyhound which would be about $150 round trip but I would have to stay overnight due to the schedules. The Greyhound station is a ways out of town and the job site is in the opposite direction out of town. I don't know how walkable that area would be, but it would require some significant cab fare. There is only really one hotel that looks to be within walking distance so my options as far as hotel prices are also fairly limited.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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From Atlanta to Charlotte--$700? Really? Funny, I just looked at Bing and found dozens of fares for $200 without even breaking a sweat.

Anyways, maybe this one just wasn't meant to be. You only applied because you were going to be in the area. Now you're not. It didn't work out. At the very least, you may be making a mountain out of a molehill. You don't know that you've made it to the next round.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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From Atlanta to Charlotte--$700? Really? Funny, I just looked at Bing and found dozens of fares for $200 without even breaking a sweat.

Anyways, maybe this one just wasn't meant to be. You only applied because you were going to be in the area. Now you're not. It didn't work out. At the very least, you may be making a mountain out of a molehill. You don't know that you've made it to the next round.
Charleston, not Charlotte. Also, I didn't only apply because I was going to be in the area- I found out about the opening through alumni networking. I'm applying for jobs in California, Colorado, North Dakota, and all over the country with NO idea how I'll get to these interviews because when you're desperate, you have to do something. Most of my friends who had job offers upon graduation from my college were either flow out by the company or interviewed via Skype so I was under the impression that this was the norm.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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While I have tentative access to a car, I have not driven in over 4 years and even when I did drive, it was only a few dozen times on the back roads where I grew up. This would be about a 6 hour drive and I'd want to return trip that night. A 12 hour drive for my first time driving in 4 years when I have only driven, at the longest, half an hour seems to spell disaster. I recently moved back to Atlanta so I have absolutely no friends here to road trip with. Normally my boyfriend would take the time off of work (which is how I plan to get to Atlanta area interviews so I don't get sweaty disgusting on buses and walking right before an interview) but since this would require a move away from him, it's not something he's willing to do in this case.

Flying isn't even on my radar. Looking at flights for next week, it would cost over $700. I was planning on taking Greyhound which would be about $150 round trip but I would have to stay overnight due to the schedules. The Greyhound station is a ways out of town and the job site is in the opposite direction out of town. I don't know how walkable that area would be, but it would require some significant cab fare. There is only really one hotel that looks to be within walking distance so my options as far as hotel prices are also fairly limited.
I wouldn't want to take a bus to a job interview - if I were you, I'd get a hold of a car and drive down the evening before or leave earlier and take 3 breaks, you can stay in your car in a campgrounds that has a shower - that might cost $35 a night tops. A 6 hour drive won't cost much in gas. Then head back after the interview.

It would be too hard letting the ideal job just slip away when it's only 6 hours away.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:52 PM
 
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Charleston, not Charlotte. Also, I didn't only apply because I was going to be in the area- I found out about the opening through alumni networking. I'm applying for jobs in California, Colorado, North Dakota, and all over the country with NO idea how I'll get to these interviews because when you're desperate, you have to do something. Most of my friends who had job offers upon graduation from my college were either flow out by the company or interviewed via Skype so I was under the impression that this was the norm.
My mistake. Charleston is not a cheap place to get to, even with plenty of advance planning, even when its not the height of the tourist season--a plane ticket will set you back $500 or so.

Even if you can overcome the hurdle of how to get to the interview, how do you plan to get to work every day, if you don't drive and have no money??

I'm not being critical of something I haven't been through myself. I know how hard it is in this economy to look for work and why you start branching out to other cities. But you still have to think about it and have a follow-through plan, otherwise there's no point in sending your resume in the first place.
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