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Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate

Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

Let’s face it: All other things being equal, employers would rather recruit local applicants than out-of-towners. It’s more convenient to schedule interviews, and there are no hassles or cost concerns associated with relocation. But according to Monster data, about half of all job seekers are willing to move for the right job.

If you are planning to move or are just open to the idea of relocation, follow these tips to get your resume noticed.

Add All Target Locations

List all potential locations in the Monster Resume Builder’s Where You Want to Work field. In the same section, answer “yes” to the “I am willing to relocate” question. When employers search resumes, they have the option to include job seekers who both reside in or are willing to work in the selected locations, so be sure your name makes their hit list.

Essential Job-Hunting Information

Mention Relocation at the Top of Your Resume

Use the Resume Builder’s Objective field to specify your relocation availability. If you’re targeting a specific area, a statement such as “Searching for a position in the Dallas area” gets the point across. If you’re more flexible, include a line such as “Available to relocate nationwide” or “Open to relocation to the Northeast.” If you have firm plans to move, you can say “Relocating to Chicago in October 2009.”

Elaborate in Your Cover Letter

Your cover letter is the perfect place to explain your situation. Here are a few ways to word your relocation preferences:

  • Targeting a Specific Area: “Please note that I will be relocating to Los Angeles in September 2009. Your opening presents the precise challenge I am seeking, and I would welcome the chance to discuss this opportunity with you.”
  • Returning to Your Hometown: This shows that you have roots in the target location, so you’re more likely to stay put this time. “Although I have been successful in my current position, I am eager to make a permanent move back to Boise, Idaho.” Don’t be afraid to use humor and mention something unique to the town, such as the home team or weather.
  • Keeping Your Options Open: “At this point in my career, I am searching for a position that would be a perfect fit, so I am open to relocating for the right opportunity.”

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