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  1. Great idea with the relocation bit to go under your current address, I am including that in all my applications from now on!

  2. I am currently trying to relocate from St. Louis to Tampa. One thing that has helped is that I am using a friend’s Florida address on my resume and applications. I am honest about this with potential employers when they ask, and I tell them that this is where I might live while I look for my own apartment there.

    One thing that has been a huge challenge is the interview process. I am not happy that I paid hundreds of dollars, while unemployed, to fly down for an interview that did not turn into a job. I can’t keep doing that.

    • I can relate to your last paragraph in a worse way. My money is so tight I’d have to relocate before interviewing. Traveling just for an interview really sounds like a luxury.

  3. I’m currently looking for a job in Austin, and have been using many of these tips. I’m still finding it hard to get a foot in the door, though, with an out-of-state address.

  4. I live in Arizona and was recently had a phone interview for a position in Colorado. A week after I submitted my resume, I called the HR representative and said I was following up to learn where they were in the hiring process and would be happy to travel to Colorado for an interview. My call may have gotten them to at least look at my resume, because they called to schedule the phone interview soon after.

  5. I’m relocating from SF to Denver this summer (my partner’s company is moving his job there). So far I’ve had 7-8 phone interviews and flown out for three meetings with Denver nonprofits. I clarified I was a finalist for each job before I paid my way to Colorado, but when I got there, every group said they had several candidates competing for the job and just wanted to meet me in person. They asked for samples of my work or for me to do a “project outline” so they could judge my skills. At this point, I don’t have any offers but three Denver nonprofits have scammed me for about $10,000 worth of free consulting. Kudos to these reps of Denver’s nonprofit sector for giving me a taste of local ethics!

  6. I would have hoped that an article like (on idealist specifically) this could/would speak on the privilege that might be held, and the ease in acclimating in a city such as Portland OR IS certainly based on skin color. Been here for 2 years, super talented creative, but have only been able to get a call back (for stocking fruits and veggies)

    Your article could be more enticing or fruitful if you’d researched into or had written about, exclusion that is painstakingly present (for decades, ask Black locals who have been here for years). Don’t worry there’s still time for you to do your own research and publish another article that can open people’s eyes on the issue of exclusion in Oregon for certain residents; it’s not Oregon alone.

    • I see that no one replied to you. I agree with you. I’m a black mom who is in a long term relationship and we have a toddler. Both of us are students about to graduate. We are planning to relocate to LA because we think there would be more opportunities. I’m an animation and digital art BA and he’s getting an associate in programming.

      We know that being black we’ve a barrier in front of us. We’re also poor, and cannot afford to fly out for interviews. The common advice us not to take a job below your station but… things are not so simple. There are no jobs for us here though so we have to decide if we should just move there cold or wait till we find something secure.

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  8. Sheliese Smith on

    I am a recent grad looking to relocate from Atlanta to NYC, I have my dad’s NJ address on my resume but I think since this will my first full time job and I just graduated its even harder and employers may see me as a risk.. I’m stuck with the question is it better to search for a job in another state while having a job (currently doing) or relocate, be jobless and search locally? I have decided to take a leap of faith and go up for a week of networking with local professional in nonprofit. Hopefully it helps.. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! 🙂

    • Wow! I am currently in the exact situation. The only difference is that I am in Mississippi!!

  9. Thank you for this article. I am looking to make a move from the West Coast and this has really helped me. It is awesome to see it can happen and will happen. I am lucky that I am returning to my “hometown” and went to school here and have family and friends. This makes me not quite, but almost as compelling as a local candidate. Time to get my networking on!

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