Companies are usually reluctant to hire people from different provinces, but there are ways to increase attractiveness and reduce the number of barriers. You may be planning to move to a specific location or just want to expand your job search to cover more opportunities. Either way, this article will help you find potential jobs as well as guide you through the application process.
A. Looking for Work Outside the Province
1. Select One to Three Specific Locations.
Do your research and talk to people in the field to narrow your search to the areas most likely to find a job or you could also use a staffing agency. If you do a countrywide search, you will have less time to do research and have difficulty demonstrating a serious desire to change residence with potential employers.
2. Research These Sites in Depth.
After narrowing down your selection to a few locations, find out everything about each location. You’ll avoid wasted time knowing you don’t want to move there, and knowledge of the area can also show how serious a potential employer is when you are interviewed.
3. Register on Professional and Local Employment Mailing Lists.
Search online for these job mailing lists in the area of your wish to make your new residence. Sign up for your professional mailing list too, especially if there are several locations you can want.
4. Network to Find a List of Contacts in the Area You are Considering.
Ask colleagues and business associates if they know someone at the location. Post on social media to see if any of your friends know the area or the people who live there. Networking is one of the most important steps to finding any job, but asking for an acquaintance’s recommendation will significantly increase the chances that a potential employer will take you seriously.
5. Join Professional Associations and Visit Stake and National Conferences Related to Your Field of Work.
If your profession has an association that includes members from your area of interest, join it. Attend an annual conference or other event and talk to as many people as possible about your plans. Take part in presentations and panels by people in your area of interest and ask them for suggestions for future job searches.
6. Look for Communities Online That is Dedicated to Your Target Area.
As well as participating in professional societies, you should look for sites that are devoted to job seekers in the locations you are considering. Use LinkedIn or a search engine to find groups that match your area and interests.
7. Contact the Employees of the Prospective Employer.
In addition to seeking contacts through personal and online contacts, build relationships with companies in the target area. Look up contact information for HR staff or use networking sites like LinkedIn and try to build a relationship via email or Skype conversation. Describe your plans for moving to the area and how you can benefit their company.
8. Get Help from a Career Centre or Counsellor.
Professional career advisers in your area can help you find work. Many colleges and universities also have career centers, some of which can provide advice to outsiders who are not students
B. Applying for Jobs Outside the Province
1. Consider Finding the Addresses and Telephone Numbers of Local Offices in Your Area of Interest.
Never lie to potential employers about your location, but show that you are prepared to move by finding local contact information beforehand.
2. Follow the Rules for Making a Good Curriculum Vitae.
This is a vital step for any type of job application. Polish your curriculum vitae and format it properly. Also, follow the instructions given by the company exactly. The long-distance candidate already brings one flaw to you; don’t slip and add other negative factors.
3. Start a Cover Letter by Discussing Your Move.
Be honest with potential employers about remote locations, but include detailed reasons for moving and convince yourself that you are a serious candidate.
4. Give Me a Work Start Date That You Can Promise.
If you don’t plan on moving in three months, the employer will likely hire the equivalent and could get started right away. Plan your potential move in advance so you know exactly when you can make it happen.
5. When Moving to a Competitive Area, Emphasize Your Special Abilities.
Your industry’s “satellite cities” may have a large number of job vacancies, but chances are that all of these vacancies are filled with candidates. To convince someone to hire you instead of twenty qualified local candidates, you have to emphasize specific skills that competitors may not have
6. When Moving to a Less Competitive Area, Emphasize Work Experience.
If you have previously held positions in major cities or industries, emphasize that experience on your resume and when speaking to potential employers. Work experience in big cities is usually considered to be more competitive and prestigious and maybe good enough to overcome the difficulties of hiring candidates who live far away.
7. Offer to Pay for Travel Expenses for Job Interviews.
If possible, pay your own travel expenses and attend the interview. This way, the company is helped and you show the initiative to simplify the relocation process.
8. If You Are Unable to Attend the Interview in Person, Take Distance Interviews Seriously.
If traveling is not possible, you may be interviewed by telephone or online chat services such as Skype. Just because you can take an interview from the bedroom doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. Prepare answers to the questions in advance, dress neatly, and be prepared a few minutes before the scheduled interview.
9. When Discussing Relocation Before You Were Hired, Accommodate the Company Needs as Much as Possible.
If you can pay the expenses for relocation or part of it, notify it as soon as possible, as this will provide significant benefits for the company. At the very least, you should do some research on the housing situation beforehand. Even if you can’t afford to move without assistance, show that you are taking it seriously, by building up knowledge of the neighborhood and its specific housing prices.
10. If You Can’t Get a Job, Save Money and Move First.
Even after taking all steps to increase opportunities, the company may still prefer hiring local candidates to make it simpler. After you’ve saved six months or more of your regular expenses, take the plunge and move to a location with good job prospects and other attractive attributes.