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Question About Location When Applying

rover

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I'm currently looking for full time in a variety of areas over the country.
I'm concerned by being 'out of market' for many, I am being passed over for consideration.

In all of the markets I am applying, I have friends/family, and was wondering if it would be beneficial for me, if prompted for an address, to just give their local address (as I have their permission).

On the plus side, this may allow me the opportunity to interview when I would have been passed over, but on the downside I'm not sure if an employer would see this as deceiving and worse, consider me a liar.

If approached for an interview, I would inquire if it would be in person or over the phone, and I would emphasize that relocation in short order would not be of concern as I have to place to stay.
Basically:

1) Is this worth a shot?
2) What should I say if asked to interview?
-The truth, that I am seeking to relocate nearby, I have friend/family I can stay with?

Thanks.
 

luckless pedestrian

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When you have your address in the cover letterhead, have 2 addresses and one is labeled:

Local Address:
blah blah blah
blah blah 29u940

so it is subtle, but shows you have local interest.

Also state in your cover letter that you have family/friends nearby and are looking into relocating there.
 

8hesaid

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I can vouch that having a "local address" on my resume and cover letter helped me get several out-of-state interviews, so go for it!
 

DVD

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Definitely add something in your cover letter about your local knowledge and reason for wanting to be there. I used to live there, went to college there, have family there, etc.

Make sure to add some local knowledge of some kind. I skip the latest project and talk about how the community has changed or something like that.

On the address side, I like LPs idea of residence address and temporary local address. Just be ready to interview in person more often or to explain what the deal is with two addresses.
 

Reefe

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I had a candidate who listed a local address but was currently working in a different state - all clearly shown on their resume. As others have suggested, the key is certainly to say (in your cover letter and elsewhere) why you want the job, make it clear that you would accept the job and relocate, and show some knowledge of the local situation as bonus. My candidate said their spouse and child lived in the local area, but we later found out the local address listed was a mailbox service. A little strange, but anyway, we ended up not offering this person the position because they couldn't say why they wanted the job other than their spouse and child lived in the area.
 

bentobox34

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As someone who just went through a hiring process with a large number of out-of-area applicants, here are some thoughts.
  1. Don't worry, it's not that unusual. People apply to jobs far away, and planning managers know this.
  2. Do say something about why you want to move to that area in the cover letter, but not much more than a sentence or two.
  3. IMO, the "local address" thing is overkill. We know that you actually live near where you currently work.
  4. Do have some thoughts prepared for the interview about the locality, what makes it special, and why you want to work there. People who were unable to say anything specific about this were not considered further.
  5. Regarding your question 2, if asked in an interview, it's unclear why you would say anything other than the truth? Just say why you want to live there. More importantly, say what you know about how the city is developing and what you'll contribute in your role at that agency.
 

Planit

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Many years ago when I was a baby planner, I applied for a job 3 states away. I hadn't heard from the municipality and called for an update. The director said they did not consider me because they couldn't afford to bring there for an interview. I asked if that was the only reason and if I'd be considered if I lived close by, to which he said yes.

I then told them I could be there Monday morning for an interview...I got the job.
 
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