Applying for an out-of-state job can be tricky, but will it hurt your chances of getting the job? Here are some tips to compensate for the distance between you and your future employer.
Be ready for an interview.
You have to be ready to take an interview if offered, and to make it work. If the company is flexible and willing to do a phone or Skype interview, make sure your technology is working perfectly. Test it, test it, and test it again! The internet connection cutting out and freezing your screen during a video chat will not help you in an interview. If at all possible, offer to travel to the interview in person. That is always preferable to a phone or video interview.
You will also want to address relocation in your interview. Let the hiring manager know that you are willing to relocate and are flexible to working with them on start dates. However, be careful when mentioning things that will complicate a move (housing, school districts, spouse employment, etc.) until you have actually received an offer.
Be realistic about your expectations regarding relocation expenses. If you are only willing to relocate if you receive compensation to do so, and the company is not willing to offer that compensation, you may be wasting time pursuing a position there.
Know your worth.
Being an out of state candidate is not necessarily a red flag for most companies. Many times, companies (especially large ones hiring for multiple positions) have exhausted the local talent pool and are actively searching for ways to bring more candidates into the area. Finding someone that is willing to move is often like a needle in a haystack for recruiters.
If you are ready to make a move, don’t be afraid to put in applications and contact a local recruiter or LinkedIn connection located in your chosen state.