How To Get A Job In Another State: Tips, Tricks, Full Guide

Getting hired for a job can be hard, especially if you are looking for one in another state. There are factors making companies skeptical about hiring an individual out of state for work. So, how to find a job out of state?

To get a job out of state, you need to consider some factors – factors that negatively impact the chances of people getting hired by an out-of-state company.

The key elements

Apart from skills, any organization looks for two other characteristics in an individual to assess if the person would be a good fit for the organization – attitude and commitment. This theory too applies to jobs within the state. For out-of-state jobs, companies need the following characteristics in a candidate:

• Skills and experience
• Commitment to working with them
• Apt reason for relocation

Your expertise determines how good you will be at the role. Commitment closely relates to attitude and reflects your willingness to work for the concerned company. Further, you should also have proper reasoning for your move, going out of state.

applying for jobs out of state

Justifying the above three factors assures organizations that you are serious about working for them and won't jump ship at last moment for another job (or company). It acts as assurance from your part to the company who thinks, taking a chance on an out-of-state candidate like you as a significant risk.

Let’s explore the factors further.

Skills and experience

Any position in an organization has some duties and accountability for which a candidate should have the requisite skills and exposure to handle those tasks. It is not just about doing the job, but also reporting your work to the concerned party. As an out of state candidate, you are somewhat of a risk for the companies to consider – a risk that some companies might not be prepared to gamble on. Hence, for companies to seriously consider your case, you need to show them the perks of hiring you. Present yourself as a high value through your expertise. Highlight your skills and focus more on experience. Show them evidence of seminars and workshops, training (a certificate or letter from the concerned body) that you have attended that relate to the applied position.

how to get a job out of state

Concerning a job, the number of associated skills are limited but not experience.

Consider the job of a programmer. As for skills, he or she could be proficient at programs like C, C++, Java, WordPress and so on. There are a limited number of skills that can help with programming. But there will be differences between how long programmers have been working on the programs to create applications, which counts for experience. Naturally, a company would hire someone who has 4-year experience working on Java than someone who has just been using Java since last year.

Having a considerable vast experience, which paired with skills will put leverage to your case. Such case will tempt companies to consider you; thus, improving your probability of getting the job.

Commitment to working with them

The biggest concern for companies with out of state candidates is uncertainty. It is the uncertainty that the candidate might opt for another job if such opportunity arises. Organizations fear that the out of state candidates are more concerned about getting a job than the job type and the company. Earning livelihood in a new place usually makes people take any jobs they can find. In such cases, a job is only a source of income which translates to a non-committed effort from the employee in the employer's perspective. This concern of commitment is the one you need to address to have a chance at getting an out of state job.

You need to make them believe and assure the company that you are only willing to work for them. Do not imply that you just ‘want a job,' indicate that ‘you are interested in the company and the offered position, nothing else.' Avoid making claims that allow the company to question your intentions and commitment, and diminishing your chances of getting interviewed or hired.

Apt reasoning for relocation

Imagine you are a recruiter, and I'm an out of state candidate stating this in my cover letter:

“…I’m currently working as an assistant engineer at XYZ Industries in Kansas City. I will be moving to Oklahoma City next month; thus, looking for a vacancy in a junior or assistant engineer post. I have always wanted to work at your company. So, when I saw the advertisement for the role of junior engineer, I decided to apply…”

Could you pinpoint the problem?

I am not supporting the claim. The above excerpt claims that I'm moving to Oklahoma City, but there's no defined reason for it. That's a red flag for companies.

Here’s the proper form:

“…I’m currently working as an assistant engineer at XYZ Industries in Kansas City. I will be moving to Oklahoma City next month to be with my fiancé. Thus, looking for a vacancy in a junior or assistant engineer post. I have always wanted to work at your company. So, when I saw the advertisement for the role of junior engineer, I decided to apply…”

Notice the difference.

I have provided a reason for why I'm moving from Kanas City to Oklahoma City. Also, it is a genuine reason and not only a statement to put weight to my claim of relocation.

It is vital to show commitment to work for the company while also supporting the claim by stating a valid reason for making the move. Doing this inspires confidence in you from the company's perspective, letting them know you have a proper plan in place and not just acting impulsively.

The Process

Now that you know the three key elements when applying for out of state jobs, it is time to understand how to incorporate them in the process.

Before you get hired, three things need to happen –
• You have to search for a job
• You have to apply for the job
• You have to attend the interview

The three elements that we discussed earlier have to be incorporated into the application and interview phase.

Application: CV and Cover Letter

A CV or resume states your expertise and experience while a Cover Letter claims why you are the best fit for the job. These two things are also your introduction medium for the company. Hence, it is vital you make the best use of them and present your case actively, stating your intentions and ambitions with apt reasoning.

For out-of-state jobs, the cover letter plays even a more significant role to make your case. Your cover letter should not reflect vagueness in ideas and intentions. If you aren't confirmed about what you want, then do not expect the recruiter or hiring personnel to be interested in your case. You should put an honest and dependable reason to assist you in the job search.

Here’s an aspect:

Correspondence Address to use

It might put you in a dilemma – should I use the current address or the new address of relocation? Putting the current address could result in you not receiving any communication from the company if you move before the response reaches you. Also, putting the new address could mean losing contact if the mails reach earlier than you relocating.

What could you do? Incorporate both.

In the CV and Cover Letter, you could use the new address with a tag ‘Relocating to’ along with the current address.

Flat No. 12
D Street
ABC Complex
XYZ Avenue
Kansas City
PIN - 95682
Relocating to,
F – 31
GH Towers
7th Street
MN Park
Oklahoma City
PIN – 35216
(in 1st week of April 2019)

This way, you let the potential employers know that you will be moving places; thus, avoid the risk of losing communication in the process.

Interviews: phone, video and the actual meeting

A company considering you as a potential candidate for a job stills sees you as a risk compared to the local applicants. Hence, at every step of recruitment, they will gauge your determination and eagerness towards working for them. So, along with expertise, it also becomes a question of how much you want the job, showing this interest in your actions and responses.

Remember, the people you will be dealing with are professionals in this field. If they find a slight hint of wavering which makes them feel you are only in ‘need of a job' but not specifically concerned ‘working for them,' they will reject you.

Therefore, express your enthusiasm during the whole interview process to heighten your chances of getting hired.

That covers the things you need to take care of during the recruitment process.

Other aspects

We have covered most aspects of applying and getting hired on out of state jobs, but there are some other elements that you need to be careful of.

Being specific in the job search

Your out of state job search should not be about any available position. Have a clear idea about the work and the role you want to perform. In the future, not only it will help you perform better in the position but also makes for a focused search, thus, reducing your time and effort. Concerning employers, it portrays a positive image about your ambitions which paired with skills and experience, makes you a candidate worth considering. So, make sure to set your mind on a job profile and base your search on that.

Having a shortlist of companies

When searching for out of state job, focus on a small number of companies along with the role. You have to be as focused as possible in the process. Having too many options to consider wastes your time and energy. What we are implying is, do extensive research and apply only for a few.

Look for jobs in the market, then keep cutting down the number of options until the remaining two or three possibilities fit closest to your expectations and intent. At maximum, only apply for three jobs at a time.

Being honest

Also, be truthful about your intentions in the job applications. You have nothing to lose with honesty. It makes your plans clear to you and your employer. It avoids any future repercussions due to you being dishonest. Moreover, making false claims makes you anxious which is very easy for the employers to spot that you are lying about something.

Hence, put the facts straight and fair.

Being self-assured before applying for jobs

Before you apply for a particular post, ask yourself – Do I want to do this?

If you have any uncertainty related, clear it out. Reach out to the cause of your concerns. When you are applying for a job, there should not be any uncertainty involved. If there is, you might struggle later in the role. Thus, only apply for a job if you are assured about it; intentions, ambitions, and incentives considered.

Final words

Getting an out of state job is difficult, but not impossible. It is about the right mixture of skills, experience, intention, eagerness in actions with a little bit of luck. Yes, there's a bit of luck involved. So, if you do not land the job despite having a strong profile and performing well in the interview, don't back out. Try again. Keep working until you get hired.


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