THE LONG DISTANCE JOB SEARCH: TIPS FOR THE TRANSPLANT CANDIDATE

You think its hard trying to find the perfect job?  Try being a Transplant Candidate looking for that job.   No Fun! No Fun at all!

Definition of a Transplant Candidate– Trying to relocate to a specific location without sacrificing that next paycheck-

Case Study– Female, age 35, Originally from Boston, Married, 2 young kids under 4, combined family income approx $160,000, Home owners. Queen NY.

Mission– Relocate family back to Boston, # 1 reason to be closer to parents   Do you happen to know of anyone in a similar situation as this? I bet you do.

Both husband and wife are well educated with multiple degrees, both resumes scream talent. Both willing to even take a step back in their career if it means changing zip codes

Results– Their job search has now been going on for 2.5 yrs and they are still wearing their Yankee Hats!

Problems- Recruiters wont touch them, because they know their client is going to require at least two face to face interview’s which will create a logistical nightmare.

Clients are fearful because they want someone who is already settled in not living out of a suitcase for the first few months, and spending more time on realtor.com instead of their own CRM.  Clients are also concerned that you are just taking their job for the wrong reasons.

Tips for the Transplant

1.      Network with every old friend and co-worker

2.      Research the companies that would probably be interested in your particular skill and COLD CALL them personally, follow up with short but well written email. BE AGGESSIVE

3.     Update your linked in account, spend a minimum of 30 minutes each night on there connecting. Change your approach of thinking—don’t ONLY go on there and search the open jobs, look to create an opportunity, think like an Executive Recruiter.  The very best recruiters don’t search job boards, so why should you?

4.      Network with every old classmate, (who knows some of them might have grown up to make something of themselves)

5.      If possible, know where you will staying, even if its just temporary

6.      When positing resume on a job board. Borrow someone else address, at least you might get a call back!  At least you will have a few minutes to at least sell yourself, In that call, Tell the truth.

7.      Don’t expect a company to pay any of YOUR Relocation Costs or even interview travel costs.

9.   Stay positive!

(©istock.com/hkeita)

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