Whether you're planning on relocating out of want or necessity, finding a new job may prove difficult as companies look to local talent to fill job openings. You can use your resume as a marketing tool to emphasize why you are equally, or more, qualified than local candidates. Begin by revamping your resume to announce your intention to move.
The best place to let a prospective employer know you are interested in relocating is in the objective statement, which is typically located near the top of your resume. Word your objective so that it states your intention to relocate and why you're doing so, as well as stating your professional goal. Make sure your statement emphasizes what you can do for the company in addition to what the new position means to you.
Knowing why you want to relocate will help the hiring agent understand how serious you are about moving, as well as why you are willing to leave your current position. Common reasons for relocating include the desire to be closer to family, your spouse was promoted to a position in the area, or because you have professional or personal contacts in the region. During the actual interview, you should be ready for a follow-up discussion about your desire to relocate. The interviewer will want to see that this move is as important to you as the prospect of working for the company.
You may be tempted to completely avoid the relocation issue by listing a local address, but this type of white lie can come back to hurt you. For instance, if the company does decide to hire you right away, you'll have to explain why you need additional time to travel to work, provided the new job is still in the same state. You may also find it hard to explain why all of your current employment history is out of the area.
Use your cover letter to provide more information about your plans to relocate. Include specifics, such as when you will be available for employment and if you already have ties to the area. Level the playing field with your local competition by letting the employer know you're able to finance the relocation on your own and won't need the company to do it for you. Remember that the cover letter is your opportunity to make an outstanding first impression and sell the hiring agent on why you are the best candidate for the job, regardless of where you currently reside.