In today’s economy, relocation is something that people often think long and hard about. According to an article in The Atlantic regarding the decline in job and residential mobility “… the evidence suggests that Americans are moving less because they’re changing jobs less often, and they’re changing jobs less often because the money to be gained from doing so just isn’t as good as it was in the past.” Unless they are forced to move due to a spouse’s career or a significant event, many people find it more financially sound to stay where they are. Finding the right job could be motivation to make the jump and take a chance, however.

One reason to move could be the opportunity for a higher paying job in a different location.  When considering the cost of living and relocation to a new city, they may find that making this shift is worthwhile. Those in higher level positions, niche industries, or in-demand fields may have an easier time finding openings because companies may be looking nationally to find qualified candidates due to the nature of the business. This is not to say, however, that applicants at other levels cannot find success as well.

Whether moving by choice or out of necessity, there are several ways in which job seekers can ramp up their resume to support their job search.

  • Emphasize the value that you can bring to the organization

This is a time to highlight metrics and showcase what you are capable of achieving. Make sure to include proof of a job well done with projects and tasks. Drive home the core strengths that you can bring to the table, focusing on what the employer is looking for and how you align with these objectives. Also consider where the industry is headed in the future and what advanced skills or training you possess that can prove valuable.

Unlike when applying to local positions, you must show the employer why it is worth their time and effort to consider someone from out of state. What makes you stand out from other candidates and why should they conduct an interview over the phone or bring you to their office to meet?

  • Use your current address

Although it is tempting to use the address of a friend or family member local to the job, this can actually backfire and hurt your chances if you’re not careful and don’t actually live there. The employer will notice on your resume that it says you currently work in one city but your address lists you in a different state. Unless you are working remotely – which is not all that uncommon nowadays – this can send up some red flags. Be prepared to make travel arrangements on short notice if you are offered an interview.

  • Make the most of your cover letter

Your cover letter can provide you with the ideal opportunity to explain that you are relocating. It gives you the flexibility to add a little more detail about what brings you to the area. Avoid going overboard, however, and providing too much explanation. You still want to keep a professional demeanor. You could mention briefly that you are in the process of relocating and look forward to the opportunities that living in XYZ presents.

Relocation can bring about many new career opportunities and the chance to explore diverse industries or job paths. If you are considering relocating, or are currently in the process of making arrangements, the professionals at Chic Resumes can help you to create a strong resume and cover letter to accompany you. Contact us today to find out more about our resume writing packages and how to get started. Call (803) 831-7444 or email