Originally Posted by MSchemist80
It is very difficult to get a job before you are local. Over 99% of employers simply toss the resumes of people that aren't local. I've had a very low response rate (hovering arround 0) from companies I've applied to outside my area.
I "tried" to get relocated last year when I lost my long term position. I thought that now's my chance to move to an area that is more appealing to me. I really thought that if I expressed clearly in a cover letter that I wanted to move to that area, that would be enough to at least consider my qualifications.
I flew to one city (dream city) for an interview but I really believe that they had made up their mind before I got there. And I had two calls from other jobs, different cities, but it was after I had already accepted a job in town. They called MONTHS later...I just couldn't wait.
I understand that employers probably want less "complications" by hiring someone who is already there...and that's fair to the locals who need work...but I can't move across country without some form of employment. I think those days are over for the "fly by the seat of your pants"...which is a bit of a shame as I'll likely be in this town FOREVER.
Hey, any worthy jobs in DC???