Job Searching in Another City

There are a lot of reasons you might apply to a job in a city other than the one you're living in. Maybe you're finishing up college and plan to move back to your hometown or to be with a partner after graduation. Maybe you just have your sights set on a particular city because you like it or you know it's popular in your industry. Whatever the reason, here are some tips to give you a leg up in your long-distance job searching.

1. Make connections nearby. You can use the LinkedIn search tool to find people who live near you but used to work in the city you've got your eye on. It's much easier to hit it off with someone face-to-face, and if that happens, they'll be sure to offer to put you in touch with people they know in the place you're moving to. Getting that personal introduction can make a huge difference in helping you stand out in your new city.

2. Find professional organizations in your new city. As I mentioned last week, some professional organizations may not even charge a fee to join or to access their online resources. If there are online forums on their website or on the group's LinkedIn page, you can start making connections virtually before you even arrive, plus find out about job opportunities that aren't posted widely.

3. Acknowledge your desire to relocate in your cover letters. For entry-level positions where the candidate pool is larger, employers may be reluctant to consider candidates from farther away, whose costs they may need to cover for interview travel or relocation, if they have equally qualified local candidates. Level the playing field by explaining upfront that you're already committed to moving to the area, and provide your timeline for doing so.

4. Consider whether additional explanation is needed on your resume. An organization or university that is well known in one part of the country may be unheard of in another, and even more so if you're interviewing internationally. Don't assume that they'll recognize regional schools and brands, either in your application materials or your interview.

What else do you recommend doing when seeking a job in another part of the country or the world?