If I got to choose a coast I got to choose the East

As usual, I’ve been applying crazily to jobs, searching every job board that I can think of. I’m single, no kids, fresh out of college and willing to take on the world and explore as many places as possible, but from my experience, many of job postings specifically say: Do not apply if you are not a local resident (or the new one Unemployed need not apply whhaat??). I’m willing to move pretty much anywhere within the United States, but if there is somewhere that I really don’t think I’d want to move to, I don’t apply for the job (obviouslyyy, that’d be silly). Maybe I still apply for the job if I think it’d be a really awesome opportunity, though. I could move across the country for a job I loved, and learned to figure out a way to love wherever I was. Find some friends, settle into your apartment and job, and anywhere can be called home. For example, though, a lot of the job openings that I find are in New York City, but I already know that I do not want to move there, so I don’t apply for jobs there. A lot of other places I’ll still give a shot. I’m not really sure what my bias is toward NYC, I used to always think I wanted to live there, I guess after my few visits there and some, maybe most of the people I’ve met or know from the City, and no thanks. Eventually, though, maybe I’ll have to put my prejudice aside and take a leap to the big city, until then, I’ll take my chances elsewhere.

Anyway, I was looking up some information about applying to jobs that are out of state. I haven’t had much luck hearing back from a lot of the places that I’ve applied to, say in Colorado or Texas. I’ve literally been all over the map in my quest for a job. I figured that a company would be more likely to hire someone who was close, but I thought that I’d still give it a shot. I also realized that I needed to seriously consider where I would want to live, and narrowed it down to a smaller area that’s still on the East Coast, so I wouldn’t be too far away from my family and friends. So no hard feelings to those companies out west, because I’ve never even been to Colorado.

In my search I found this website, askamanager.org, which is a blog written by Alison Green. One of the questions asked on the blog was, obviously, about applying to jobs out-of-state. She says that location matters, “especially those that attract an overwhelming number of applicants,” aka entry-level positions. It would end up costing the company more money (to fly you in) and time (waiting for you move, get settled, etc) to hire an out of towner, so your application basically just goes in the trash can. She gives two tips to get around those obstacles, 1. State in your cover letter that you are planning to move to that city and don’t need relocation assistance, 2. Make it clear in your cover letter that you would be happy to get yourself to their city for an interview.

I’m proud to say that I have included those two bits into several of my cover letters when I was applying to jobs in Pittsburgh (one of my narrowed down locales to apply to). It wouldn’t be too long of a drive and since I’m not working right now, I knew that I could make the trip without having any other engagements holding me back. I don’t really know if it’s helped though, because I still haven’t heard back from too many places that are more than an hour or two away. Either way, all of this applying to jobs and rewriting my cover letters gives me something to do, right?

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