So, you are a consultant who works in IT and are interested in moving from one geographic locale to another for your next opportunity.
But there’s one problem. The people you have been interviewing with are reluctant to hire you, because they are unsure of how sincere you are in your willingness to actually make the move.
How can you overcome their trepidations, and convince them that you do want to make the move?
- Indicate on your resume that you are willing to move. Don’t hide your intention, publicly state it. That will show that you are serious about making a move.
- Ask if the company offers any type of relocation expenses to its employees. But ask this question gracefully. You do not want the hiring manager to think you are looking for a benefit that is not afforded to everyone else who joins the company. You do not want the hiring team to perceive you as thinking that you “are special,” even though you are.
- If you are seriously committed to making a move and are selected for an interview, pay your own travel expenses. Such a gesture would be a great example of how genuine you really are.
- Ask, during the course of your interview, where some of the best places are to buy a home, or rent if that is your preference.
- Use statements in the course of your interview (BUT MEAN THEM) like, “I’ll be living here by X date,” or “I’m moving no matter what.”
- Mention in the course of the interview that you have family in the area. Or if you are moving back to an area that is near where you went to school, say that during your discussion.
- Explain to your prospective employer that you are looking to move because you have exhausted the local area for work and need to expand your professional horizons. Be very detailed if this is the case. Explain that where you are currently located, companies are stuck in older skill sets, or the glut of technically trained consultants has made your search for work impossible. If you can, and/or are allowed, to get into that much detail in the course of your interview, that will demonstrate you have a wonderful demand of what is going on in the space in which you work.
- If you have relocated before, say that in the course of your interview, and politely explain you know all the challenges that come with making such a move.
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