Searching for a job can be a daunting task as it is, but looking for a job across the country can be even more challenging. Here are seven tips to ensure you have a successful remote job search:

  1. It is important to choose the place(s) you want to move to, so you can target your search to a specific location(s). This way, the search is more organized and makes finding a job easier. You can create a job search strategy once you have selected locations.
  2. Make a list of ten companies you would like to work for. Once you have selected those, you can do research on the companies to learn more about them. This will allow you to really focus in on them and how you would fit to their company culture.
  3. Once you have selected a place you would like to relocate to, visit the area. Use this time to fit in all your interviews with those companies you have selected. Also, visit the area to make sure it would be a place you would envision living. You can also use this as a time to network and build up other connections for possible job sources.
  4. Find local groups you could join to network with people. This can be a great way to get your foot into a company you would want to work for. Because they are local to the area, they can give you some connections to local companies and give you insight to what it is like to work there.
  5. Address your desire to move in your cover letter. Some companies would prefer to hire local candidates. Don’t be discouraged by that. This is why addressing it in the cover letter is a great step. An example of this, is that you are an alumni of a college nearby and you have roots there. This is a great reason for relocating and will stand out among the local candidates.
  6. Prepare for the remote interview, just like you would an in-person interview. Dress in appropriate attire and make sure your background is professional. Since you are doing the interview at your home, you want to have a neutral background that is professional looking. Make sure your desk is free of clutter. These can be critical components to the interview process.
  7. Last, but certainly not least, make sure you are ready to move. It is a big commitment to move to another state. So you want to make sure you are ready and there are no regrets. Companies will sense if there is any hesitation on your part.