Like with any job search, develop your career objectives
No matter whether you are applying for a job in the same building or for a job 200 miles away, you need to make sure you are the right candidate. The only way you can do that is if you identify and prioritize your career objectives. By doing some soul searching and career planning, you are more likely to pursue jobs that are a good fit for both you and the employer. And, you will be less likely to waste your time and get frustrated.
Develop a target company list for your job search
Once you develop a prioritized list of career objectives, figure out which companies would best meet your needs. Make a list of companies that fit your criteria in terms of size, location, industry, competitiveness, culture and role. Don’t go after companies you don’t want. It is a waste of your time and adds to the job search frustration.
Network for the job – DO NOT APPLY
Do not apply to job openings listed on the company website or through other job search sites like Monster.com. Network! Develop your LinkedIn profile and figure out who you know at these companies. If you don’t know anyone, try to get introduced to someone. If you can be in the new location for a few business days, set up coffee breaks with these people to network. Then give them your resume.
Be Clear about Your Relocation Requirements for the Job
If you don’t need relocation reimbursement, then state that up front or in the cover letter. You will be more likely to be considered for the role if you don’t require relocation. If you do, then discuss that with the people you meet. Find out more about the company’s policies. You may decide to pursue a company regardless of its relo policies. Or you may cross them off your list if they won’t reimburse you for the move.
Sell Yourself and Get the Job
You need to make yourself desirable and indispensable. Before meeting with anyone, make sure you created a blockbuster resume, practiced interviewing, researched the company as much as possible and are ready to sell yourself. When you meet with your contacts, make sure you have something else to leave behind other than a resume – a brag book. This can be a page or a few pages of key projects you were involved in and the critical, measurable outcomes. The projects you select should be meaningful and relevant to both the company and the role.