When you search jobs long distance, you expand your opportunities. Unfortunately, you’re also likely to run into more obstacles. Improve your odds by taking a more strategic approach with these 5 steps.
Be realistic. The job market is still highly competitive so long distance candidates start off at a disadvantage. Employers typically think you will not be as convenient as prospects close to home because you cannot drop by for a last minute interview or start immediately. You’ll need patience and support to see you through.
Appear local. You do not want to start the relationship off by being less than truthful, but you can spin the facts to put yourself in the best possible light. Use your cover letter and other materials to stress that you are already moving to the area or want to do so. Leave your address off your resume and use a cell phone with a local area code.
Budget carefully. Companies may decline to pay your travel expenses for interviews, but there is no harm in asking tactfully. If you have to cover the bills yourself, they may be tax deductible in some circumstances.
Suggest Skype: Propose an interview by Skype. Video interviews give you a fuller picture than a phone call alone. You may still want to meet in person before accepting an offer, but you will be in less danger of wasting your money on a dead end.
Schedule other business: With adequate research, you can get more out of any trip to any location. Check out the regional chapter of your professional association. Read the hometown newspaper and call the chamber of commerce. Book an appointment with a local search firm or visit the career center at the closest university.
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