During the Q & A part of my Resume Revolution Webinar, a participant asked me which address she should use if she is looking for jobs in multiple locations?
It can be challenging for candidates to look for a job in two cities at the same time. In a tight job market, out of town candidates are often at a disadvantage. This candidate asked for career advice on just this issue.
Candidate J.P. asked:
What if you want to look both where you are and a place you want to relocate to? What address should you use?
The simple answer is … both. Use one version with your current address and another version with an address in the city you are also considering.
But this brings up additional questions …
1) What about phone numbers?
2) What if you don’t have an address you can use?
Local phone number: There is now an easy answer for phone numbers, thanks to Google – Google Voice. You can get a local number in any US area code, it will forward calls (with a call announce feature, so the caller has to state their name before connecting) to any number you choose. You can change the number that calls are forwarded as often as you’d like.
Best of all, it’s free – just use your Gmail account, or open a free account to access Google Voice. You can get one number per Gmail account – open multiple accounts to get phone numbers in multiple cities.
Local address: Most large and many mid-sized cities have virtual offices, where you can maintain a local address. If you expect to receive mail as part of your application process, most virtual offices will forward mail – or better yet, scan and email you .pdfs of your snail mail.
These are usually very a reasonable cost per month, with per piece service costs for mail forwarding or scanning. Just google virtual office with the name of the city to find providers.
As a last resort, if you’re in a town without virtual office services … just list a zip code. Choose this as a last resort, because listing just a zip code without a physical address may seem more suspicious to an employer/recruiter. Sure, you can claim identity theft concerns, if your resume isn’t passed over for candidates that look less risky.
Social Media: As a final note, social media becomes an issue with two locations. I would recommend listing your current city/state in social media profiles – unless you are really trying to move and your local search is because you feel it’s easier to get local interviews.
Readers – Please share your advice how to look more local. What’s worked for you?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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