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The chore of applying for an out-of-state position

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Q: “My husband and I want to move from Wisconsin to either Florida or Texas. I’ve been responding to online job ads, indicating that I will pay my own relocation expenses. Despite my twenty years of experience, I have not even had a nibble. Do you think out-of-state applicants are taken seriously?” Ready to Move

A: This is usually a question of supply and demand. When there is a local surplus of qualified candidates, employers may ignore unsolicited resumes from out-of-state. But if homegrown applicants are scarce, people from elsewhere are more likely to be considered.

In your case, however, a bigger problem may be that you are taking a scatter-shot approach to your job search. Instead of randomly seeking openings in your target states, you need to identify two or three communities that seem attractive, then explore employment possibilities there.

After working for twenty years, you should have enough contacts to eventually connect with “people who know people” in your preferred locations. This may enable you to learn about available positions before they are advertised.

To increase your marketability, get professional advice on how to create a dynamic résumé and ace a phone screening. You must also decide how you will handle the travel costs for on-site interviews. Employers may not offer to pay expenses, and they are unlikely to hire you sight unseen.

Long-distance applicants need to ace their phone interviews. Here are some things NOT to do: Ten Ways to Screw Up a Phone Interview

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