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Asked by Samantha on July 7, 2017

I'm moving from Atlanta to Seattle in two months. I've been actively searching for jobs for months now, but I've only gotten two call-backs and nothing since. Am I just going to have to wait until I arrive in Seattle and get a Seattle address before my prospects will change? What can I do to encourage employers to choose me, despite my current residence being so far away from the market I wish to work in?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on July 10, 2017

Hello!
There are a couple of options you have when considering a change in career/location. The first one is to completely leave your address off of your resume. We see this very often in today's age where people are just including phone and email address. You will want to be sure to mention your plans for moving if a company does reach out, however. You could also include a cover letter that explains that you're planning to move to Seattle on decided date and are looking for employment. 
It's important to consider relocation costs from an employers perspective: would you want to company to assist in your relocation? If not- this will be helpful when it comes to their recruiting as they could consider you without having to be concerned with relo expenses. 

You should also network. Reach out to people on LinkedIn; mention that you're moving in a couple of months and are looking to continue your career with a new company, etc. This could open a few doors for you. 

Best of luck!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on July 12, 2017

Welcome to the PNW! Seattle is awesome.  As a previous poster noted, you can certainly leave your address of your resume, but it will likely be on an online application, so it is probably not completely an option to go address-less.  Networking is critical for you so the right people know you are on the hunt for a new role.  Get to it!  Network now, network often.  This is something that can't be over expressed.  College peers and teachers?  Reach out to them.  Co-workers and leadership from former jobs? Contact them.  Professional organizations in your field?  Join up.  And of course relocation is a factor.  Make it clear that you are not looking for a company to pay to relo you, if that's the case.

Ok, now another thought, It may be time to broaden the scope of your search.  Not getting interest for the specific role you're searching for?  What about a similar role in a different type of business?  Are you searching for a promotional opportunity?  Maybe you need to consider a lateral move.  When you look at what you are sending out about yourself, truly consider if you are representing your skills and expertise in a way that is engaging and desirable to a potential future employer.  If you are not sure what you could switch up, ask for help.  Have a trusted person have a look at your resume or social profiles.  See if you can step them up.

Best of luck!

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Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on July 12, 2017

Hello and great question!  When applying to positions I would encourage you to provide a cover letter or note on your resume the timeline that you will be moving. It would also be advantageous for you to let a future employer know that you are already planning on moving as some companies do not budget relocation for certain positions so this can increase the chances of you being contacted. At times companies may be looking to hire someone sooner but again if you are having initial conversations I would suggest letting them know you are open to getting any training done remotely if need be and be as open as possible to suggestions to getting started early before you officially move. I hope this helps!

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Answered by James, Hiring Expert at Broadridge, on July 13, 2017

Congrats on the big move! Employers may be weary of resumes with an address across the country. I'd recommend either entering an address in Seattle, if you have one secured. If not, instead of a specific address, you could note 'Relocating to Seattle in (enter month), 2017. This will show recruiters that you will be relocating regardless, and would not be relocating just for the specific role you are applying to.

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Answered by Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, on July 17, 2017

Hi there! This can be a tough spot to be in. If you'd like, on your resume, where you have your current address underneath you could put in italics or with ** something like this: *Relocating to Seattle 8.1.2017* so when your resume is reviewed, the recruiter/manager will see it. 
I'm not sure what type of role you're looking for or if you want to work for a certain company, but I recommend using LinkedIn and any networking opportunities you can to help facilitate conversation, informational interviews, interviewers, etc anything before your big move.  

Hope this helps!  

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