If you’re unlucky enough to live in one of the many cities that has experienced massive downsizing and closure of its industries, you might be wondering what your next step is.
Although you realize you may have to relocate for your next position, you’re afraid to take that step until you have a job lined up. That said, you’ve been applying for these positions, but you’re not getting any invites to interview. You wonder if it’s because you’re out of the general area. To overcome that, you begin putting ‘willing to relocate’ on your resume or in your cover letter.
Still no takers. So what do you do?
Play It Smart – Ask a Friend or Relative for Help
If you have a relative or friend in the new locale, you might ask to use their physical address and phone number on your resume so the hiring manager does not dismiss you out of hand. Should the relative/friend scenario not be feasible, there are companies where you can set up a local PO Box and a local phone number. An answering service will forward the calls to you.
Prepare for the Big Move Even Before You Have to Make It
If by using a local phone/address you do get an invite to interview, be prepared to make a move quickly. You should be able to do so within one or two weeks of hire. Start researching the local real estate market, short-term housing, whatever it takes to get relocated so you can begin your new job.
It won’t be easy, but it may be the beginning of a new career direction for you and success.