15 Practical Tips to Find a Job in Another State

We've compiled a list of tips from several experts and employers to find out how to move to another state and find a job. The common theme we keep hearing was that you need to either establish a network of some sort in your new location or you need to make connections by distributing your resume to the right spots or finding the right opportunity in your preferred location.

If you're looking to get your resume in front of people before moving, we recommend using ResumeRobin because they will distribute your resume to 500-plus sites and do all the work for you. If you want to check out jobs in your area, another great site is Jobs2Careers because they display all types of work in a given location and it might help to get your feet on the ground with something before moving.

Top Tips for Getting a Job in Another State

  • Check out Jobs2Careers first to see what's available in your new location.
  • Use ResumeRobin to start getting your resume out there.
  • Build networks online where you want to relocate.
  • While visiting, join groups or watch for events.
  • Don’t use your current address.
  • Target employers you want to work for.
  • Find alumni in the city you want to move to.
  • Use your cover letter to explain significant details.
  • Research the job market and cost of living.
Search Millions of Jobs
What Where
Jobs by job search website

Continue reading to see all of the tips provided by our experts below or check out jobs in the location you want to move to right now.

Thinking about moving to another state but need to find a job first? Well we did too so we tapped our network and came up with these fifteen tips to help you job search from a distance. For an audio podcast on this subject listen here.

1. Use sites like Linkedin to build networks in the city you are looking to relocate. Specifically reach out to the people in the companies and field that you are targeting for employment. 

2. If you already travel to the location, join groups on sites like Meetup or Eventbrite to watch for events that are happening when you are in town. 

3. Either leave the address off of your resume or gain a local address. That is as simple as getting a commercial mail box (not the post office, but one that uses as street address, such as Mailboxes, Etc.) that will forward your mail to you. 

4. Another is to research the local job market. The Chambers of Commerce and the state or city's Office of Economic Development can help with this research. It is easier to get a job in a "hot" local industry, such as high tech in the Denver metro area..

5. Strategic networking. The candidates should join Groups on LinkedIn that are large and locally-based. For example, the Linked to Denver group has over 30,000 members. This will automatically increase the number of Group-level connections, which makes it easier to reach out to people on LinkedIn - even with a free account. Next, they should join Groups that are specific to their area of expertise, as well as being located in the desired city.

6. Another tactic is to create a list of target employers within the desired location. From there, the job seeker should try to set up informational interviews with managers. Thanks to tools such as www.ZoomInfo.com, there are a lot of tools available to find contact information.

7. Make sure you have joined your college or grad school alumni association linkedin group. Look through Members for people who graduated from your institution but now live in the city/state you wish to move to. These are people who will likely give you a break.

8. Make it clear in cover letters that you will pay for your own relocation and can pay for travel to the company for an interview. Companies often tell us recruiters, "We will only consider relocation if you tell us you can't find someone locally." That is a big incentive not to admit defeat! Relocation costs for an executive with a family and a mortgage can easily exceed $75K.

9. Consider an identity in the town you wish to live in. For example, if you want to work in NYC find someone who will allow you to use the mailing address and say that "for the time being" I am living with my friend at this address pending completion of my job search. This is code for "don't worry about paying for my relocation. I'm already living in the city!"

10. Saying in your letter that you'd come at your own expense may help but better yet, give them a date that you'll be in town. This way, the company doesn't have to be beholden to you. In fact, they may want to take advantage of the fact that you're going to be nearby. Don't just offer to
pay your own way, but additionally, say you plan to be there some time in the next two or three weeks and would like to coordinate an interview while in town. Then if they respond, you plan your trip around that interview.

Naturally, since you're coming to town, you tell all the other desirable companies in the area that you're going to be there and ask for an in person interview while you're in town. 

11. Have a thorough understanding of relative cost-of-living and salaries. A marketing manager may make $12K more or less per year in your target state than they do where you currently work; and the cost of rent, a movie, or a meal out my also vary greatly. You need this
information in order to find appropriate jobs in the first place, and also to properly negotiate salary and total compensation when the time comes.

12. Understand your tax liability in the new state: Similarly, you need to understand your target state's tax rate and code. If you live and work in NYC, you may taxes in Yonkers; if you move four miles west to Hoboken, NJ, you don't (even though you continue to work in New York). These types of details can make a notable difference in your take-home.

13. Search by state: Job boards, LinkedIn and other online hot-spots offer simple filters so job seekers can search for and find jobs, contacts, target companies, chapters of professional groups, and so on, by state. This makes it easy to narrow your search.

14. If possible, operate out of an address in your target state *(e.g., if your mom, uncle, friend lives there and you are assured you can receive mail there). Stick that address in the contact section of your resume and cover letter...employers and recruiting firms will respond more favorably to your application.

15. When writing your cover letter, explain that you ARE moving to Rhode Island...not that you WOULD move there if offered the position. By making it clear that you're going to The Ocean State independent of the job, there's a greater chance that you'll actually accept an offer were it
made. Employers often waste their time and resources interviewing candidates who say they will move, but then don't.