We鈥檒l be the first ones to admit that making a drastic career switch isn鈥檛 easy 鈥 especially if that switch involves crossing state lines. And while pro interview tips and Pinterest hacks to find your dream job may be helpful tools to get you started, there鈥檚 a certain je ne sais quoi required to successfully land your ideal job from across the country. We sat down with聽career聽expert Annica Russo to find out her top tips for applying for (and getting!) your dream out-of-state job.


1. Be honest. There鈥檚 nothing worse than being caught in a big fat lie during the interview process (let alone the fact that misrepresenting yourself on your resume is grounds for immediate dismissal if you do actually get hired). 鈥淟ying about your skills on a resume is a big no-no,鈥 says Annica, 鈥渂ut you should also never lie about your location.鈥 Be honest about your address 鈥 if it isn鈥檛 for an immediate position, most hiring managers will find it refreshing to interview an out-of-towner.

2. Tell the why, but not your life story. Cover letters are a great place to explain why you鈥檙e looking to make a big career move. 鈥淗R doesn鈥檛 need to know that you had a bad breakup and need to get away from your ex, but they should know that you鈥檙e interested in Denver because you love the outdoors and you鈥檙e excited about the city that it鈥檚 evolving into,鈥 advises Annica. Try to give the hiring managers a few reasons why you鈥檇 like to move to the city beyond聽their fabulous job opportunity.

3. Reach out to your network. Listen, we totally understand聽that reaching out to long lost coworkers is mega awkward, but if it can move your job search ahead, it just might be worth sucking it up. 鈥淩each out to the connections you have in the states you鈥檙e applying to,鈥 says Annica. 鈥淎sk if they have any connections in the industry you鈥檙e applying to and always be sure to thank them with a nice note!鈥

4. Consistency is key. Applying for jobs, especially out of state, can often feel like the聽full-time job from hell, but if you鈥檙e looking to make a big cross-country career switch, you have to stay consistent. 鈥淢ake applying for jobs part of your routine,鈥 advises Annica. 鈥淲hether it鈥檚 dedicating time every night or every other night, make sure you鈥檙e being consistent with submitting applications.鈥

5. Don鈥檛 get discouraged. Whether you need to hang motivational cat posters from your wall or complain about the application process to your mom every night, find ways to stay motivated. 鈥淚n a time that everything is instant, it鈥檚 easy to get impatient with the application process,鈥 says Annica. 鈥淲hen you factor in that you鈥檙e applying to jobs out of state, you鈥檒l have to remind yourself that the process is going to be a little longer. It could involve several phone or Skype calls and maybe even an in-person meeting.鈥 Her key to staying sane? 鈥淏e patient, don鈥檛 refresh your email every five minutes, and have plenty of wine on hand鈥 you鈥檙e going to need it.鈥

Have you successfully applied for a job out of state? Tweet us some of your application tips @BritandCo!

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