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exitnirvana's avatar

Is it easier to get a job before relocating, or relocating first and then looking for a job?

Asked by exitnirvana (912points) April 26th, 2009

Do employers disregard applicants that aren’t located directly within the vicinity of the area in which the job is listed? One gallery that I applied to in Boston specifically stated that my current location put me at a disadvantage to the other applicants…

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Get the job situation squared away first if you can. You save youself many sleepless nights this way.

The last thing you want to do is make long term commitments before you have your support system worked out.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Really it depends on the particular job sector. Some sectors that are finding it difficult to recruit staff may offer you assistance to move and even provide you with accommodation temporarily.

hug_of_war's avatar

Being in a different location is a disadvantage, but you don’t want to be one of those people who risks everything and gets there, and is forced to move somewhere else because they couldn’t find a job there and the rent had to be paid. But like @Lightlyseared said it depends on the sector. My boyfriend is trying to move here and I’m sure it’s a disadvantage for him to be a few hours away for there are probably tons of people applying for the same positions he is, since his field is popular.

qashqai's avatar

It depends.

What is your financial situation?
Could you afford one/two months without being employed?
Does your current job really suck?
Are there any other reasons beside job seeking for you to move in the other city?

lukiarobecheck's avatar

This is exactly the situation I am in. Everyone around me is telling me to wait to move till I have a job in the city I want to move to. I do have a good job now, so that makes it tough. My girlfriend recently moved, and it is hard being away form her. I know exactly where this question is coming from. I have been looking to something for around 3 months. It’s a tough situation out there right now.

exitnirvana's avatar

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. I’m looking both where I am and where I plan on moving, but its extremely frustrating. I guess I just doesn’t help with the economic outlook as well…it’d just be nice to get at least one positive response back from an application!

YARNLADY's avatar

One reason a company won’t want to hire someone who doesn’t live in the area might be they are afraid a new resident would find the area too expensive and leave. Another might be they aren’t paying moving expenses, so won’t consider someone who needs to move.

You might want to address these possible reasons in your cover letter. Hubby says “My family lives in your area, and we are looking to return” in his.

I say don’t move until you already have a job, but I came to California without a job, and didn’t have too much of a problem.

exitnirvana's avatar

@YARNLADY I am definitely pushing the fact that I’m both highly mobile and willing to relocate in my cover letter, despite the fact that I can expect whomever hires me will not provide any assistance as far as moving costs are concerned. I’m also in a situation where I could move and find a job in time without a problem, I guess it would just be nice to have that security waiting for me when I arrive rather than having to jump into something part-time just to make ends meet. But I’m willing to do it, if necessary, especially if that means I’m in a better position to get a better job when the opportunity arises.

jeremyh's avatar

I think it is best if you find job first and then relocate. By doing this you ensured your job and you can always take the time from your new employer to relocate.

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