Long Distance Job Search

For one reason or another, you have made the decision that it is time for a fresh start in a new location. One thing that might not be following you to your new locale is your current position. Conducting a long-distance job search is not easy. To be successful in your long-distance search requires effort, networking, and travel. That being said, people find employment opportunities at new geographic locations all the time.

Keys to a Successful Long-Distance Job Search

  • Research the new area to be sure it is a good fit for you personally, socially, and professionally.
  • Make a list of target employers in the new locale.
  • Plan at least one trip to the new area before you actually relocate. Use this time t conduct informational interviews and to expand your network.
  • Make sure your cover letter briefly explains your relocation efforts to employers.
  • Try to avoid accepting a lower-level position in your new locale just to have a job. Most likely, you will not be happy in a lower-level position and this might contribute to a general unhappiness about your overall decision to relocate.
  • Be sure to leave your current place of employment on positive terms. Do not burn bridges; you never know when/if you might return!

Resources to Explore

  • Leverage the Babson Alumni Directory to identify potential contacts in your new location, company, and industry of interest.
  • Visit career-planning Web sites of colleges in the area that you plan for your relocation. What advice are they offering?
  • Research headhunters/recruiters/executive-search firms as potential contacts.
  • Join professional associations in your industry. These associations often provide networking opportunities and job postings.
  • Explore the local newspaper (online version, if possible) for employment ads, employment trends, and new business openings as well as career fairs and relevant professional development opportunities in the area.

The Search Process

  • Network, network, network. Cold call/e-mail and conduct informational interviews.
  • Tap into your significant other’s network, particularly if you are relocating to be with him/her. It might be possible that, if you are moving because a spouse/fiancé has been transferred, their company would offer consulting or monetary resources for your job search.
  • Offer employers the opportunity to conduct a phone interview with you in advance of an in-person meeting; this will allow an employer to see if you are a strong candidate before you travel, and allow you the opportunity to see if the company and position is a good fit from the beginning.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask if the employer will pay your travel expenses to the interview. Be sure to ask politely and at an appropriate time. Be aware that the answer might be “no.”
  • If you have exhausted all resources and your planned move date is fast approaching, pack your bags and consider temping in your new city. It could be an opportunity for you to get your foot in the door and meet some professionals who will support your job search.

Job Search Relocation Resources

Final Thoughts

  • Relocation costs might be a part of the negotiation for your compensation package. It is not guaranteed that the company will pay for your relocation, but possible. If these expenses are not paid for by your company, they might be tax deducible.
  • Expenses that could be included in the relocation package include the following: house hunting expenses, lodging fees, moving expenses, mortgage/closing cost fees, brokerage fees, temporary housing fees, and spouse re-employment expenses.
  • Moving to a new locale is risky and can be stressful. Make sure the job on the other end is worth it.