Addressing Relocation in Your Resume and Cover Letter
I am searching for a job in another state and wish to relocate. How can I let employers know I’m open to relocation without getting dismissed as an out-of-state candidate?
Cannabis is an interesting industry in its own, in that the current job opportunities are largely limited to geographic markets in which legislation has deemed it legal. That makes relocation an incredibly important consideration for both job seekers and employers alike.
Positioning yourself competitively as an out-of-state candidate means understanding what challenges hiring managers face, and how to address them early on to maximize your chances. The biggest concerns a hiring manager may have in considering a non-local candidate are the logistics - including the costs and the time required to make that transition. For that reason, companies tend to favor local candidates in roles where there is an adequate pool of talent. This may change the more specialized or high-level the role, as the talent pool tends to diminish, and companies are forced to look nationally or globally for the right candidate.
So how can you increase your chances of being considered as an out-of-state candidate?
Use a Local Address
Ideally, put a local address on your resume that you have access to if you are invited to interview or need to be onsite immediately. This can be a friend, partner, family member or anyone else - the goal is that you have immediate accommodations if necessary. Instead of listing out your full address, you can denote the cities you’re targeting in your contact information line. For instance:
Los Angeles | Chicago | (123) 456-7890 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Communicate Your Desire to Relocate
Use your cover letter, resume, or LinkedIn profile as a platform for letting employers know that you are open to relocation or actively considering opportunities in other cities. Your cover letter can expand upon why it’s important for you to make the transition - is it because of the industry, a specific opportunity, or simply a life change?
Bonus tip: change the location on your LinkedIn profile to reflect the market to which you’ll be relocating. This will help your chances of appearing in relevant searches when recruiters and hiring managers search for local candidates.
Do not wait until the last moment of the interview to disclose the fact that you are an out-of-state candidate. Not only is it deceptive, but it may negatively impact your chances of being hired. Some interviews are conducted with local candidates in mind, and while that’s a challenge, the reality may be that a company needs an immediate hire.
Be Specific (and Honest) About Your Timeline
If you can’t provide a local address, then be honest about your desire to relocate, and provide an exact timeline of when you can be available both to interview and to start. The sooner you can be available to interview, the better your chances of consideration. For those looking to relocate, you may be required to do so in as little as 2-4 weeks depending upon the role. You can say something like:
“I’m currently in the process of relocating to the Denver area. I can be available immediately to interview, and within 3 weeks to start.”
Companies want assurance that it’s going to be a smooth and fast transition, as it’s a likelihood that they need to get someone into the position and up to speed fairly quickly. If you understand and can speak to their concerns in your resume and cover letter, you have a better chance of being considered.
Hiring managers understand that hiring an out-of-state candidate is an investment on both ends, so it’s even more important to communicate your interest in the role and the organization, and why you feel you’re an excellent fit. Not every company will necessarily require an immediate transfer, and in some cases, they may be openly recruiting out of state candidates to widen their own talent pool. Some companies even offer relocation assistance for certain roles, which is typically determined by the level, specialty, and compensation associated with your position.
There’s no question that out-of-state candidates face an additional challenge of competing against local, accessible candidates. Position yourself for the best results by doing your research, preparing your story, and communicating your ability to meet the immediate needs of the role.
Canna Career Partners understands what job seekers need to make a successful transition and a powerful impression. We can help you create an impactful resume and cover letter that positions you as a top candidate, regardless of your geography. Contact us to learn more.