Whether there is a lack of jobs in your career field in your current area or you just want a fresh start, expanding your job search to a new state can sometimes prove to be a great decision. It does, however, come with some challenges. Unless you’re applying for a neighboring state that is still within a commutable driving distance (say, under an hour) some employers may be reluctant to consider out-of-state applicants. The following are some tips to help make your job search more successful if you’re expanding your search to other areas.
Make it clear that you’re willing to relocate
In your cover letter, explain that you’re willing to relocate if you got the job, and that you’d even be willing to travel there for an interview. If you’re prepared to pay for your own relocating expenses, be sure to make that clear, as some companies may not be willing to cover them.
Identify your personal and career goals
Determine what exactly you want, or at least try to narrow it down as much as you can. Think about where you’d like to live, parts of the country you may want to avoid, and the type of job you want. Do you want to move up in your current career field, are you looking for a different job in the same career field, or are you looking to completely change career fields? Determining these things can help make your search easier.
Research the locations you’re considering
Make sure that you’re okay with the available housing and that it’s affordable for your budget, check out the schools if you have children, look into the crime rate, and so on.
Network as much as possible
Spread the word so that people know about your plans to look for work out-of-state. Ask around and see if anybody knows someone that works and/or lives in your target location and send them an email, asking about any potential positions in the area that might be suitable for you.
Take all moving expenses into consideration
If your new company won’t offer to cover relocation costs, be rational about what you can afford. Be realistic about what the true cost of moving to a new state will be and that it is reasonable for you based on your financial situation.
Relocating expenses can be costly, so if you’re looking to move to a new state because of a new career opportunity, we may be able to help. If you’re receiving structured settlement or annuity payments in the form of a long-term payment stream, you can turn those payments into a cash settlement. With a cash settlement, it can be easy to explore your other career options because you will have the money you need to pay for bills, expenses, and possible relocation expenses. Contact Peachtree Financial Solutions today if you’d like more information on how you can receive a cash settlement and for your completely free quote.
Nothing above is meant to provide financial or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.