Rev up your resume to relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.
Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Let's face it: All other things being equal, employers would rather recruit local applicants than out-of-towners. It's more convenient to schedule interviews, and there are no hassles or cost concerns associated with relocation. But according to Monster data, about half of all job seekers are willing to move for the right job.
If you are planning to move or are just open to the idea of relocation, follow these tips to get your resume noticed.
Add all target locations
List all potential locations in the Monster Resume Builder's Where Would You Like to Work? fields (in the Resume Settings section). In the same section, answer "yes" to the "Are you willing to relocate?" question. When employers search resumes, they have the option to include job seekers who both reside in or are willing to work in the selected locations, so be sure your name makes their hit list.
Mention relocation at the top of your resume
Use the Resume Builder's Summary field to specify your relocation availability. If you're targeting a specific area, a statement such as "Searching for a position in the Dallas area" gets the point across. If you're more flexible, include a line such as "Available to relocate nationwide" or "Open to relocation to the Northeast." If you have firm plans to move, you can say "Relocating to Chicago in March 2018."
Elaborate in your cover letter
Your cover letter is the perfect place to explain your situation. Here are a few ways to word your relocation preferences:
- Targeting a specific area: "Please note that I will be relocating to Los Angeles in March 2018. Your opening presents the precise challenge I am seeking, and I would welcome the chance to discuss this opportunity with you."
- Returning to your hometown: This shows that you have roots in the target location, so you're more likely to stay put this time. "Although I have been successful in my current position, I am eager to make a permanent move back to Boise, Idaho." Don't be afraid to use humor and mention something unique to the town, such as the home team or weather.
- Keeping your options open: "At this point in my career, I am searching for a position that would be a perfect fit, so I am open to relocating for the right opportunity."
Be available for interviews
If you're targeting a specific area, plan to be available in the location for a week or so to attend face-to-face interviews. Your cover letter can mention that you will be available for interviews in the location for a certain period of time. You may also suggest an initial phone interview, and then arrange to meet in person if there is mutual interest.
Consider offering to pay relocation expenses
Some professionals with desirable credentials are aggressively recruited, and some employers are more than willing to pay for relocation, offer spousal relocation assistance and even help find a new house in the new location. These professionals can usually negotiate an attractive relocation package.
Other candidates face a more competitive job search, going up against local job seekers who may have comparable qualifications. If so, consider that you may open more doors for yourself if you are willing to pay relocation costs. Use this as a selling point in your cover letter with a line such as, "Please note that I am very interested in your opportunity and am willing to incur all relocation expenses" or "I will be relocating to Jacksonville in May at my own expense."
Don't use someone else's address
Some folks try to get an edge in a long-distance job search by fudging the address. This can cause problems; if your current job is located in one city and your address is far away, the hiring manager will probably be confused or concerned that your address is misleading. More problems may ensue if you're called for an interview and you're unable to get there right away. Then there's the uncomfortable discussion that you don't actually live in town. It's better to be honest about where you're living and use the above resume and cover letter strategies to show you're ready to pack your bags for the right opportunity.
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Relocation cover letters to customize for your specific circumstances.
Whether you are planning to move or investigating the idea of relocation in order to secure a job, this relocation cover letter information will help get your resume noticed and get you that interview.
Your cover letter should persuade the potential employer that you are the best candidate for the position. Your relocation should be a non-issue for the company, with the focus firmly on your ability to do the job.
Select the relocation letter that best suits your situation and adapt it for your own use.
When writing a cover letter for relocation use these tips to help you get it right.
1. Use your current contact details
Don't confuse the situation by using the address you are relocating to. The potential employer needs to be able to contact you at your current address.
2. Explain your situation clearly and positively
Where, when and why you are relocating. Examples:
"I look forward to permanently relocating to Kansas City in July 2014 to be near my elderly parents. Your job opportunity presents the sort of career challenge I am looking for...."
"I read your advertisement for a registered nurse with interest and enthusiasm. The position seems to be a perfect fit with my skills and experience and I am open to relocation for the right job opportunity."
3. Reinforce the permanence of the relocation
Use the word permanent in your relocation cover letter to immediately reassure the employer that this is a long term move. If you are willing to relocate for the sake of the job opportunity then give a convincing reason why you would like to make the move such as a stronger economy, better lifestyle.
4. Include your availability for interviews
Plan to be in the area at certain times so you can attend interviews. Give the target company a choice of dates for the meeting rather than just one specific day. This demonstrates flexibility and a consideration for the reader's time and commitments. You can suggest an initial phone interview as an introduction.
Keep this relocation cover letter information in mind when you adapt the following sample cover letters for your own use.
Sample Relocation Cover Letters
This letter can be used when you are having to relocate and are looking for employment in the area.
Your Contact details
Mr George Harrod
Human Resources Manager
Nobel, Green and Associates
17 Park Plaza
Tampa, FL 33610
Dear Mr Harrod
I am permanently relocating to Tampa in October as my husband has accepted a job offer in the area. I read your online job posting for a legal assistant with keen interest as I believe my skills and strengths are an excellent match for this position.
Some of the key competencies I can contribute to the opportunity include:
- paralegal certification
- over 7 years experience in a legal assistant capacity in a fifteen-attorney law firm
- proven proficiency in legal research, preparation of legal documents and case materials
- excellent computer and data management skills
- a reputation as an independent worker who is able to manage multiple demands to efficiently meet deadlines
I enclose my resume for your consideration and I would welcome the opportunity to further discuss your needs and my abilities. I will be in Tampa next week or we can speak over the phone. Thank you for your time and interest.
Lesley J. Wood
Use this sample relocation cover letter when you are willing to relocate for the job opportunity.
Your Contact details
Mrs Carol Schuster
Mercy Community Clinic
1 Creswell Road
New York , NY 10025
Dear Mrs Schuster
Your recent advertisement for a Medical Office Manager has captured my interest. It has long been an ambition of mine to relocate permanently to New York and I believe this is the right job opportunity. I am confident my skills and experience are an excellent match for the position and I enclose my resume for your consideration.
Some of the strengths that I can bring to this opportunity include:
- Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE)
- 6 years experience organizing the business operations of a busy healthcare facility
- Responsible for all purpose accounting, payment processing and payroll
- In-depth knowledge of current healthcare regulations, medical laws and ethics
- Excellent computer, scheduling and information management skills
- A motivated team player who always go the extra mile
I am confident that my knowledge and expertise will allow me to make a valuable contribution to your clinic. I would enjoy speaking with you in person to explore this opportunity further and how I can best serve your needs. I will be in New York between date and date. Please contact me to arrange a convenient time for us to meet.
As I am planning to move to New York regardless, I will be responsible for any relocation costs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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