Are you looking for your ideal job and willing to relocate to get it? Are you ready for a change of scenery or a new adventure? Are you moving to be closer to family or because your spouse is being transferred or found a new job in a different location? Whatever the reason, if your job search is taking you somewhere other than where you currently live, addressing relocation on your resume is essential.

There are several ways you can address this desired or already planned transition as you update your resume.

Be Upfront

Don’t beat around the bush. State in your contact information or summary that you are relocating. Keep in mind how specific you want to be. Here are a few approaches you could take:

  • Include “Open to relocation” or “Willing to relocate” if you don’t have a specific destination in mind.
  • Add the city, area, or general geography if you know where you will or want to be. For example, “Open to relocating to the San Diego Area/California/West Coast” (whichever applies).
  • Mention a date if you have firm plans to move already. “Relocating to Chicago, IL on [date] or in [month/year].”

Be Honest

It can be tempting to increase your chances of landing an interview by showing that you already live in the area by using a relative or friend’s address. This is not recommended. It can be incredibly awkward and create a poor first impression if you are asked to come in for an interview and have to admit that you are not in fact local.

Show your commitment by mentioning in your cover letter that you are available for an initial interview by phone or video conference, but that you will be in the area during a designated time period for an in-person meeting. Make sure you give the potential employer enough time to review your resume and fit you into their schedule before you plan on visiting.

Be Proactive

Do you know for certain that you are moving (or want to move) to a specific state? Apply for any licenses or certifications required for your job ahead of time. That way you can show on your resume that you already hold the necessary credentials and are ready to start working.

A common concern for employers about hiring out-of-town employees is the additional cost of relocation. It can be beneficial to mention that you are already in the process of moving or are willing to incur any relocation expenses yourself, so the employer knows you’re not looking for them to pay.

International Considerations

If you are looking to move to a different country, keep in mind that they may have different resume standards than in the United States. Do your research so that your resume is formatted correctly and provides the required information.

Relocating far away can be a major change, and employers may question your commitment. Mention any international work experience, study abroad placements, or travel you have done so that they know you are familiar with the area, culture, and how they do business.

Polish Up Your Resume

You will be competing against job seekers who already live local to the job, so make sure your resume creates a compelling first impression. Tailor your content, skills, and experience to fit with the role and show why you are a great fit and the employer should bring you in for an interview.

A well-crafted resume can take you places, like a new city, state, or country, as long as you’re effectively addressing your desire or intent to relocate. Contact Grammar Chic at (803) 831-7444 or for help updating your resume to fit your future plans and goals.