Tips for Looking for a Job in a Different State

For many people preparing to relocate to a new state, finding a job at their destination is an essential part of the equation. At times, the move can’t happen until they officially have a job lined up, which makes a lengthy job search unappealing.

The biggest issue is that landing a position in an area you don’t currently live in can be tricky. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make it easier. Here are some tips for looking for a job in a different state.

Talk to Your Current Employer

If you’re currently working, you could speak with your employer about your desire to relocate. Spend some time reviewing company information in that area to see if there’s a local office first. Also, check the remote work policy to see if telecommuting full-time is an option. If either option pans out, you might be able to stay in your role instead of finding something new.

Just keep in mind that this option should only be explored if you feel safe providing the organization with information about your plan to move. If you’re concerned that would put your current job in jeopardy, then it’s better to use other approaches.

Update Your Resume and Cover Letter

Usually, your resume has your address (at least the current city and state) in your contact details at the top. If you’re planning to relocate, update it to show your destination city and state and the season and year you’d like to arrive in the area. For example, a format similar to “New York City, New York, in Fall 2022” works well.

Then, you can touch on your relocation in your cover letter, too. Make it clear that the move is happening, ensuring that none of the phrasing makes it seem like relocating is conditional on a job offer or is otherwise up in the air. That way, you’re more likely to put the hiring manager’s mind at ease.

Tap Your Network

Reaching out to your contacts – particularly those who are near your preferred destination – can work in your favor. Along with potentially allowing you to gather information about job opportunities, it’s a chance to find possible sources of support once you arrive in the new city.

However, be careful using this option if you don’t want word to reach your current employer yet. In that case, you’ll want to be selective and stress the need for discretion, speaking with only those who you believe can maintain your confidence.

Find a Recruiter

When you’re looking for a job in another state, having the right support can make a world of difference. By partnering with a recruiter from The Squires Group, you’ll get access to a job market and recruitment expert. Along with an in-depth understanding of the local market, they can provide you with guidance to help ensure your resume and interview skills are on point.

Plus, your recruiter will get to know you personally. Along with reviewing your skills and experience, they’ll discuss your job and workplace needs and preferences. As a result, your odds of finding a strong match improve.

Finally, your recruiter acts as your job search ally. If they know a particular company would be an exceptional fit, they often have the ability to market you to the relevant hiring manager, even if there isn’t a currently advertised opening. In some cases, this can open new doors, increasing the odds that you’ll find your perfect position quickly.


If you’re looking for a job in a different state and would like to work with a recruiter, the staff at The Squires Group wants to hear from you. Contact us today.


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