JobSeeker Cover Letter Tip: Vocation Location
If you are planning a cross-country move, or find a great job opening in another state, your job application process takes on a new dimension. In every job search, you have to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job, but for long-distance applications, you'll have to work even harder to prove your worth. You will be competing against many local candidates, and unless you make it clear from the beginning how well-suited you are for the job and how much you want it, they might pass over your application. Address the distance issue in your cover letter. You should always customize your cover letter to each application to show your interest in the company and your willingness to take that extra step. In this case, you'll need to mention why you are interested in the job, whether you already have plans to move, and which specific qualifications or accomplishments make you the best choice for the job. Often, employers will specify in an ad whether or not they are willing to help a new hire relocate. That information can help guide your search, so if you see a line that reads "local candidates only," keep looking. When you find an ad that specifies the employer will help the right person relocate, send in your tailored cover letter and resume, and start packing.