Most often you will be looking for a job that is close to home or not too far to commute. But sometimes, due to career or lifestyle choices, you will find yourself applying for jobs all over the country. Long distance applications can be hard but we’ve put together some job search tips.
If you are looking to apply for a job miles away from where you live then you may find it difficult. If a candidate lives closer to the company’s location then they may be more likely to get to the interview stage for a number of reasons including local knowledge, availability/flexibility and lack of relocation costs.
But there are a number of things you can do to up your chances when you are looking for jobs far away from where you live:
Networking with companies and individuals in your chosen area is a great way of finding out new opportunities. You can network online via social networking or you can attend events in the area. Either way, ensure you update your CV template and get ready to talk business!
Visit the Area
If you want to apply for a job in a specific area then you have probably visited it already. But if you haven’t you should definitely consider visiting and taking along your professional CV. You need to get to know the local area and people if you are considering relocating.
Before you start applying for jobs have you thought about where you are going to live? Some companies will offer accommodation and help with relocation costs. But not all companies do therefore you should contact a local estate agent and get to know the local area.
Refine Your Job Search
If you have a particular company in mind then send your CV and write a cover letter. But if you don’t know where you want to work you should spend time researching the local companies. Narrow them down by industry and job roles and send applications directly to them.
Practice Telephone Interviews
Practicing your telephone manner is vital – especially when it comes to telephone interviews. If an employer is far away it is likely your first interview will be via the telephone so make sure you practice and perfect it.