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Old 01-23-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Default Best way to get a job in another state is...?

Has anyone ever successfully been hired by a company in another state before they moved there?

I'd like to hear from posters who've done this, who don't mind sharing the steps they took. I really want to move in June but I don't want to move until I can get a job.

I plan to go visit the city in March for a week or two (I have relatives who live there). But these relatives (I already asked) said they can't help me job network (one is a teacher, the other works in a casino, and the other is retired). So if my own relatives can't help, and I don't know anyone else, should I just try to set up informational interviews at companies where I'd like to work ahead of time?

I was going to grad school to get my teaching license and masters in education, but that's on hold until I can pass a state test which is going to take me some time. In the meantime, I'd like to get a job as an admin assistant or exec assistant in public relations, broadcast tv or radio, or marketing. Or any field I guess that has openings, if I need to be honest with myself. I'll have to travel back to where I currently live once I'm ready to retake the state test that i need to pass, but after I pass the test, I can get my license and masters paperwork mailed to me anyway no matter where I live, so the test here is a moot point.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:21 PM
 
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Has anyone ever successfully been hired by a company in another state before they moved there?

I'd like to hear from posters who've done this, who don't mind sharing the steps they took. I really want to move in June but I don't want to move until I can get a job.

I plan to go visit the city in March for a week or two (I have relatives who live there). But these relatives (I already asked) said they can't help me job network (one is a teacher, the other works in a casino, and the other is retired). So if my own relatives can't help, and I don't know anyone else, should I just try to set up informational interviews at companies where I'd like to work ahead of time?

I was going to grad school to get my teaching license and masters in education, but that's on hold until I can pass a state test which is going to take me some time. In the meantime, I'd like to get a job as an admin assistant or exec assistant in public relations, broadcast tv or radio, or marketing. Or any field I guess that has openings, if I need to be honest with myself. I'll have to travel back to where I currently live once I'm ready to retake the state test that i need to pass, but after I pass the test, I can get my license and masters paperwork mailed to me anyway no matter where I live, so the test here is a moot point.
The best way to get a job in another state is to have a very special skillset or background. In my area the US is your job pool. I finished school in Florida and took a job in Pittsburgh, I have friends that are in Richmond, VA; Monterey, CA; Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC. All graduated from the same school as me and those were the jobs they immediately applied for and got.

It is typically pretty easy to find someone with a BA in education in any city, so employers tend to not waste their time on applicants located in other cities. The more specific your skillset the larger your potential job pool.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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The best way to get a job in another state is to have a very special skillset or background. In my area the US is your job pool. I finished school in Florida and took a job in Pittsburgh, I have friends that are in Richmond, VA; Monterey, CA; Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC. All graduated from the same school as me and those were the jobs they immediately applied for and got.

It is typically pretty easy to find someone with a BA in education in any city, so employers tend to not waste their time on applicants located in other cities. The more specific your skillset the larger your potential job pool.
Well my skillset is that I'm in my early 40s with a BA in English Lit, some freelance writing experience, some secretarial experience, some community college instruction experience as a part-time adjunct, and that's about it.

So I don't have a specific skill set like say, an engineer, teacher, doctor, or repairman.

Can people in my situation successfully get a job in another state? If so, what are the steps involved?
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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My relatives and I help each other out by allowing each other to use the other's addresses. When a cousin wanted to relocate to Tennessee, she used the address of another cousin living in Memphis. She got a job offer in Nashville while still living here in Illinois. Now I have a cousin living out of state using my Chicago address to apply to school/work here. I want to relocate within the next two years. I have relatives in Arizona, New York, and California, all places I'm open to moving to. And you can bet I'll be using somebody's address when I do.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Aventura FL
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Have a friend or family member in that state who is willing to allow you to use their address to put on your resume. It really is that simple. Just bear in mind that you might have to fly to that state to attend interviews.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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Use the address of your family, get a google voice number in the city, and start applying for jobs. If you are offered an interview, be prepared to take a day off work.

Other than that, have an in-demand skill-set.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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There are many previous threads on this topic you might wish to look into. Finding an out of state job is like finding any other job these days... Scan job listings online and apply. The only difference is you will have a greater distance to cover to interview.

What I did a couple years ago was apply to several out of state jobs in the Chicago area. After I had a couple interested contacts, I planned a 3 day trip to interview at a few companies. When I returned home, I had a couple offers and took the one I felt was right.

Finding the job was easy. The hard part was giving my 2 weeks notice and attempting to arrange for a place to live 300 miles away.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Well after my spring refund I'll only have about $8,000 to move in June with. Since I'm just the one moving with no children I think that should last me close to 6 months if I follow a tight budget.

I like the idea of using my relatives addresses. Unfortunately, I don't have those kinds of relatives who will allow me to do that.

I think I'll look up places to work now via various online hiring websites, find out who the HR people are, then when I go to visit my relatives this spring for a week I will contact those HR people in advance and ask for informational interviews.

I also think I will have to secure a place to rent in May, so that if/when I do move in June I won't be scrambling. Maybe the job will follow after I move more quickly than if I just try to apply from my current location.

The cost of living is a lot cheaper in the city I want to move to, and is only 2-3 hours from my mother's side of the family who I really like and get along with. My father's side of the family (that includes my cousins) basically were jerks to us after my father died 20 years ago and have socially shunned us ever since. All the family Christmas Eve dinners, Easter Sundays, and Thanksgiving dinners ended the year that my father died. And while I live in a great city, I'm completely, utterly miserable here...still single, and really need to be closer to my other relatives who actually like spending time with my mother and my siblings and I. The city I want to move to doesn't have nearly half of what my current city offers with regards to entertainment, etc. but it's close to other major cities in the same state that does have everything I need where creative outlets are concerned.

Has anyone ever taken a risk on a gut feeling when it comes to moving to another city/state, and just did it?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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Well after my spring refund I'll only have about $8,000 to move in June with. Since I'm just the one moving with no children I think that should last me close to 6 months if I follow a tight budget.

I like the idea of using my relatives addresses. Unfortunately, I don't have those kinds of relatives who will allow me to do that.

I think I'll look up places to work now via various online hiring websites, find out who the HR people are, then when I go to visit my relatives this spring for a week I will contact those HR people in advance and ask for informational interviews.

I also think I will have to secure a place to rent in May, so that if/when I do move in June I won't be scrambling. Maybe the job will follow after I move more quickly than if I just try to apply from my current location.

The cost of living is a lot cheaper in the city I want to move to, and is only 2-3 hours from my mother's side of the family who I really like and get along with. My father's side of the family (that includes my cousins) basically were jerks to us after my father died 20 years ago and have socially shunned us ever since. All the family Christmas Eve dinners, Easter Sundays, and Thanksgiving dinners ended the year that my father died. And while I live in a great city, I'm completely, utterly miserable here...still single, and really need to be closer to my other relatives who actually like spending time with my mother and my siblings and I. The city I want to move to doesn't have nearly half of what my current city offers with regards to entertainment, etc. but it's close to other major cities in the same state that does have everything I need where creative outlets are concerned.

Has anyone ever taken a risk on a gut feeling when it comes to moving to another city/state, and just did it?
Don't tell them you are using their address. It's not like you will ever receive mail there. The address will just be used on your resume.

I would not move without a job, unless you have in-demand skills, or have connections in the new city.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Well, my skills aren't in-demand, unfortunately, as a secretary or un-licensed teacher with community college instruction experience but no masters degree (until I pass that state exam).

While my family would be happy to see me, the ones who live in the city I want to move to, as I already wrote, said they can't help me find a job. I could live with my aunt who is semi-retired as she has a whole house to herself. But I don't know if she'd take my two cats, both of whom are non-negotiable and are moving with me if I do move this summer.
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