Long Distance Job Search

Conducting a long-distance job search may present a variety of challenges. Whether you are a current undergraduate, graduate student, or an alumnus, we encourage you to discuss your interest with one of the Employment Specialists, (if seeking a full time job and graduating this year), Internship Specialist (if seeking an internship), or the Alumni Career Counselor and Alumni Employment Specialist (if you have already graduated from NU).

10 Basic tips for a successful long distance job search

  1. Start early! Because of the distance involved, the logistics of connecting with potential employers may be challenging. By starting early you may be able to schedule an interview during any of the academic breaks if you are a current student. If your are an alumnus, trying to take advantage of any upcoming holiday trips or long weekends may be helpful.
  2. Do your homework on the economic conditions for the geographic area(s) of interest. Changing economic issues could affect one's long-distance job search strategies. Being effective and appropriate in your approach may be dependent on current local economic conditions and trends. If this is a highly competitive area, some employers located in these areas may be less reluctant to hire someone who is not currently living in the area and may prefer to hire local talent.
  3. Be ready to provide some connection to the area. Employers may be more responsive if they see that you are familiar with the area from having lived or traveled in that location. On your resume and/or cover letter, you may list information such as any previous jobs or schooling in or near the area. If your home address is in the area of interest, you may also list that at the top of your resume by providing your current address as well as your home address.
  4. Follow-up with employers and take the initiative! You may need to initiate a follow-up telephone call or email to demonstrate your sincere interest in relocating to the area.
  5. Prepare for possible Telephone Screening Interviews, Skype, WebCam, Interview Stream, or other electronic/internet based interview. Because of the high cost of travel, some employers may use other means to conduct an interview with you. Be ready and willing to be available for their preferred method of contact prior to an actual in-person interview.
  6. Be aware of travel options for the area. Because of economic conditions and budget constraints, some employers may not be able to pay for travel or relocation expenses. If you have any friends or family living in the area, you may want offer to stay with them during the interview process or while you are finding a permanent place to live after being hired. Offering these options to the employer will show the employer that you are truly interested in being there and interviewing with them.
  7. Try to double-up on your out of state visits. Once you have landed an interview in another location, use this as an opportunity to connect with other employers in the area. You can then indicate that you will be in the area during the dates of.... and would welcome the opportunity to meet with them even briefly to discuss opportunities.
  8. Check CareerCat! CareerCat provides current job listings by state