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Old 12-26-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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Hi there,

I am wonder if "I say I am in the process of relocating" in the cover letter would put you in a disadvantage position from the pool of candidate?

I am wondering if I should just put the city and state at the resume and submit it as is. That way they'll know that I am a local candidate. And if they ask me about address, I'll just say I m in the process of relocating. Will that work?

Any suggestion or feedback?
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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I always put my current address and let the company know on my cover letter that I was planning on relocating. I also included the month and year I planned on moving. I was able to find a job in a little over a month. However, this could vary depending on the job you're applying for.

It's better to just be honest. If you're already planning a move, you're probably stressed. Being honest means one less thing to stress about. Also, I'd rather know right away if a company isn't willing to hire me based on my current location.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Check out this recent thread on the same topic, and also this one from right around the same time.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:47 AM
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see above threads

in short just post your current out of state address. this lets the employer know that you are out of state, serious enough about the position to move, and you bring in external experience to the firm. it also shows ambition
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:17 AM
 
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I got a job out of state (about 900 miles away from my hometown) this year. I listed my hometown address on the resume and wrote in the cover letter that I wanted to relocate.

However, the job I got is in the city where I recently graduated from college, so I think that played a role in the hiring decision, because I think they like to hire alumni from my school. I don't know if they would've hired someone with no connection to the city at all.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:24 AM
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I got a job out of state (about 900 miles away from my hometown) this year. I listed my hometown address on the resume and wrote in the cover letter that I wanted to relocate.

However, the job I got is in the city where I recently graduated from college, so I think that played a role in the hiring decision, because I think they like to hire alumni from my school. I don't know if they would've hired someone with no connection to the city at all.
almost everyone at he firm i recently joined all received their degress from the same school...talk about inbred, but i guess its what they do prefer...i do not.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:36 AM
 
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almost everyone at he firm i recently joined all received their degress from the same school...talk about inbred, but i guess its what they do prefer...i do not.
LOL! Well I guess you'd probably describe the company that I work for as "inbred" also then. I honestly don't even notice that almost all of us graduated from the same school because we all graduated at different times and the school was so big that none of us knew each other. The only time I notice is on casual Friday's before a big football game when almost everyone is wearing a team tee shirt.
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:50 AM
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As others said, be honest. Definitely say that you are relocating or in the process of. You may not want to put a date on it if you are waiting to be employed first (others can chime in on that if they want). I'm currently in the process of applying for many out of state positions due to being in a poor area for my field. I don't have a success story at this point, but I do get interviews at a fair rate. You will be at a disadvantage to local applicants. The alternatives are to move first then search (risky and not recommended) or make them think you are local. Should they want you to come in for an interview (perhaps on multiple occasions), the bill is on you entirely.

If they know you aren't local, they may be more willing to do more phone or Skype interviews, or even assist with travel expenses if they are really interested in you.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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"You will be at a disadvantage to local applicants."

That depends because frankly not all employers want someone local. Local means what exactly? They can show up on time. Well cars work and telecommutting works so the idea that it really matters where people live is moot.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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"You will be at a disadvantage to local applicants."

That depends because frankly not all employers want someone local. Local means what exactly? They can show up on time. Well cars work and telecommutting works so the idea that it really matters where people live is moot.
I think most employers DO want someone local though, just for the ease of hiring. If someone is local they will probably be able to start sooner, the employer won't have to worry about paying for moving, the employer won't have to worry about someone getting homesick and moving BACK to where they came from.

I think if you can find a connection to the areas you're applying, write about it in the cover letter.

For example, if you're in NY but want to move to Tennessee because you grew up there and have family there, I would find a professional way to include that either in your cover letter or phone interviews.

I applied for tons of out of state jobs and whenever I got phone interviews they would always say something like "Oh I see you're from ______, what made you apply to our company because we're located in ______." And HR people always seemed to like when I had a connection like "I spent my childhood there." or "I have a lot of family in that area, and I visit them often and would like to move there myself."
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