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How do I find employment in another state?

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Question: I am currently employed in Southern California, but I am looking for employment in Dallas, Texas. I am an executive assistant and have an excellent work record. I have applied for many jobs online that I am completely qualified for, but I don't get any feedback. I believe this is because I am not located in Texas. If I found employment in Texas, I would give notice immediately here and move within two weeks. Is there any way to find employment before relocating? -- Help


I had been seeking employment as an Administrative Assistant in the Dallas area. I too experienced the same problem not receiving feedback even though I lived in the Dallas area. I finally signed up with a temporary agency and through them received employment in a permanent position

Your out-of-state address could be hindering your ability to find work in Texas. I would suggest getting a private mail box in Texas.

You probably have a personal reason for wanting to relocate to Texas, whether it's move closer to family, spouse is relocating, etc. If you don't mind disclosing this information, I would suggest including it in the cover letter of your resume.

If you must relocate immediately consider working for a temp agency for a few weeks to get some in town contacts and to get more familiar with the area.

Do you have a Texas address that you can use on your application and resume information? I relocated to Colorado about 3 years ago and had the same problem. Finally I found out that many companies would not even consider an application of someone who lived out of state. They think you will ask them to pay for moving costs so that is part of the reason they won't interview people out of state. I started using a Colorado address and got many calls for interviews. I was able to arrange phone interviews for some as I was in the process of moving at the time and then did interviews in person once I arrived. If you could go for a 1-week visit and set up as many interviews as possible during that week that is a good option too.

I'm in the Dallas area. You might consider including a note with your resume stating that you are not expecting relocation costs to be paid by the company, and provided that you and the company were compatible, you would be able to move within 2 weeks notice.

Another option is contacting staffing agencies such as Delta Dallas, Kelly Staffing, or APT, just tell them you are looking for a full time - temp to perm position. Head hunters will also look for you, and that would give the employer more assurance that they would not be wasting time talking to a candidate that was not serious about moving. The only downside with using a head hunter is that usually you'll be responsible for the fees instead of your new company.

Good Luck!

Well, not to beat a dead horse, but the temp agency or employment agency is really the best route to take. I worked with one when I lived in San Diego and wanted to move closer to home. They were great.

The Texas workforce is also a help. Especially if you are interested in working for the State, City or County government. Since I live in the Killeen/Ft. Hood area we receive many applications from persons who are not currently residing in the area but are planning on moving to Bell County due to military relocation. The people who submit their application and resume and then follow up with a telephone call, email or letter will receive an interview with our agency, if there is an opening. At the vary least we will acknowledge their resume and advise them to contact us when they have moved to the area. The reason why we do not call the person if they submit their resume from out of state is mainly due to the influx of applications we receive locally and normally when we have called someone who have submitted a resume to our agency from out of state they don't know who we are when we called. This is why our policy is now to only contact persons who reside outside of our area if they have made an additional effort to contact us. Good luck in your search

When I moved back home (Casper, WY) from Miami, FL - I tried to look for a job too.

You may try a look at State and Federal agencies. The pay may not be that great but the benefits are good. These types of agencies are the only ones I got responses from. I also like the temp to perm ideas. (Beating that dead horse!)


As an HR pro I can tell you that if you aren't indicating loud and clear and right up front that you are moving to Texas soon, your out-of-state address could very well be landing your resume in the NO pile immediately. Never never never send your resume alone without a cover letter (yes we really DO read them!). That goes for everyone but it is ESPECIALLY important for someone in your situation. I seem to get many resumes from out-of-state and most do not have an accompanying cover letter explaining why they are applying. Sure, it could be that the person is moving. But it could also be that he or she didn't play close attention to what s/he was applying for. When a hiring manager has hundreds of resumes to look at, there's no time for guessing at a person's motives. I bet you can guess what happens to those resumes though! ;-)

To prevent your resume from landing in the "NO" pile right away, start your cover letter off with a very clear statement of your plans to move to the area.

I relocated to San Diego in 2000 and prior to leaving NM I clearly stated in my resume cover letter that I was available for full-time employment upon a certain (move) date (within a few weeks of applying). I received several calls and even had two interviews scheduled prior to my move, and I was hired upon arrival after a final face-to-face with the manager.

I have to agree that you must clearly state yoru intentions of not asking for relo costs. And if you already have a TX address, put that on your resume. I did and it worked just fine. Best of luck to you!

So I read this concern last week and didn't really pay attention to this topic. I normally review resumes for the admin. team in this office. This week I've been reviewing resumes for another position in this office and 25 of the 100 resumes I've received are from out of state. Only 5 of them noted that they would be in town during a certain period of time for interviews and/or would be willing to relocate at their own cost. Althought I selected several out of state candidates to do phone interviews on - upper management wasn't interested in wasting time on figuring out what these applicants wanted because other applicants were clear on their resumes/cover letters. This is a new one for me and I wanted to post this for all of us to learn from.

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