It's certainly not uncommon for people to relocate for reasons such as being closer to aging family members or to try a new career path, but consider how you approach this topic. Regardless of what's driving you to move, "employers want to see that you are really looking to make a positive impact at their company," Gamble says.
Another way to prevent what may appear to be a passive job application or sporadic relocation is to avoid sending multiple résumés to the same company for different positions. "If you submit a résumé for multiple roles, that is certainly a red flag," Good says. "Are you really a specialist or are [you] just sitting in pajamas across the country pressing send, send, send all the time, trying to get some action somewhere?"
Be prepared to invest some time and money. If you are serious about finding a job in a completely new area, get ready to invest more than just a few hours of effort on application materials. "Start by making a list of the people you want to meet with through the networking and/or a target list of the top 10 places you would want to work," Crawford says. "Then plan about a weeklong trip to a desired area, and reach out to potential employers for meetings. It's OK to say something like, 'I am moving to X on this date, and I'd like to come in and talk with you about a little bit about your firm.' You don't have to ask for a job right off the bat."
However, remember that money for travel will most likely be part of your job hunt expenses. "Unless you are fortunate enough to be a candidate with a very validated, hard to find skill set, employers will not typically pay to bring you out for a meeting or initial interview," Good says. "Try to orchestrate multiple job interviews while in that area to get the most out of your trips and its costs. The more you can connect with the organizations and people in the area, the more helpful that will be."
If your desired contacts are unable to meet with you during your trip, present the option of a video conference or phone call instead. "You really need to cover all your bases in this case because it can be tough," Crawford says. "Find a way to make it as easy as possible on employers to hire you."