I take a crack at answering this question about finding an out of state job.

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The question for today is, “How do I apply for job in another state?”

There are a lot of variables, so I’m going to work with the assumption we’re not talking about closely neighboring states like New York City with northern New Jersey or southern New Jersey with Philadelphia. We’re talking about something like New York with Florida, Florida with Dallas, on and on and on. Thus, I am going to work with the assumption the second.

The first thing is, I going to also assume that your phone number doesn't correlate with the area that you're moving to. So, for example, in that New York-New Jersey equation, you harm moving to New York and you don't have a phone number that correlates with that area. So, let's say you're in Dallas and moving to New York. You’ve got a 214 number. What do you do?

I would not put your address on the resume. I know that runs counter to the advice I normally give about putting your city, State and ZIP Code on your resume, but you are moving to a completely different area. What you can do is if you have a friend’s address that you can work with from that area, put that city, State and ZIP Code on it. In this way, it correlates to the new area. I will explain why in a second.

The next thing is to get a Google voice number that automatically forwards to your phone numbers. So That can be your home number. It could be your mobile number but when you're sending out a resume, put your Google voice number that includes an area code related to the new area. Got that?

The next step is, if you have a friend whose address you can use for applications you put their city, State and ZIP Code on. Get their permission first.

Number three. When you get the phone call for the phone interview, you indicate in the course of that conversation, at the back end of it, where they express their interest in meeting with you, that you're out of the area right now and would be happy to come up with a few days’ notice because you want to be doing this at your own expense and so few firms will pay for the interview trip. If you can't afford it, what you do is indicate, at the end of the interview where they express interest in meeting with you, or at the time that they are interested in meeting with you that you're out of the region and used a friend’s address that you will be staying with as the city, State and ZIP Code on your resume. Got that?

So, once they've expressed interest, that's when you do the reveal so that, this way, you're asking them to compensate you for the trip up. If they're unwilling to do it, you've fully prepared, in advance, for this possibility so that you can make your own arrangements.

If you can't do that, well, frankly, their unwillingness to pay brings this to a conclusion. But at least you gotten down the road with the firm and demonstrated your competence to the hiring manager and to HR in order to get them interested. Usually that's going to be enough to bring this to a subsequent interview or an in-person interview. If not, see if they'll arrange for a Skype or two or three before they bring you in.

So, once you've raised the reveal, once you've done the reveal and indicated that you are outside the region, see if they will do Skypes (or multiple Skypes) and then come on up to meet with them.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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