A new job in a new city

We are such a mobile society! My husband and I have moved across Canada and back. Once living in Nanaimo, we're back in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. And we know of others who have similary criss-crossed or hop-scotched across Canada.

Recently I've had a few clients who are not only looking for a new position, but are also relocating, from Quebec City, for example, to Toronto and from Montreal to New York! In the past I've certainly had clients moving to Canada - from New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and so on.

It's a bit trickier to both find a new job and move, but there are a few strategies for making this an easier, faster transition. Consider the following:

1. Your self-marketing materials must be strong as anything less than remarkable, when considered along with the need to move, won't make the cut. Your documents must spell out compelling value to overcome this potential obstacle and make it a non-issue. This is not the time to go with mediocrity.

2. Be open about where you live. Yes, you heard me. It's not about covering up, hiding, confusing; it's about being open and explaining. A short explanation is all that's needed to quell worries about you changing your mind and not moving at all after accepting an offer. I like to add a P.S. to the cover letter, stating, for example, "My family and I are eager to relocate and have been planning this move, closer to extended family, for a few years."(The reason must be truthful and could be "to move to our dream province" or "to ski more than two months a year" etc. Keep in mind that there are factors to consider in being both truthful and strategic!)

Sometimes I tackle this in the cover letter's first sentence, for example: "You'll see by my phone exchange that I am not a local resident, however, I soon will be. My moving date is set for July 31st and I'll be in my new home, ready to work, by August 7. My new number is 555.555.1212."

Oftentimes I will add a little something in the resume as well, so that if the cover letter is not read, or if the resume is read first (as is often the case), there is still a reference to the relocation. It has worked well for my clients!

3. Please don't lie as you will surely be found out and if you've lied once, the recruiter or hiring team may wonder if you lied more than once. New hires have been let go for lies of any kind. Be open, show eagerness, and be happy to let what happens, happen. (Over-controlling any situation usually leads to disaster - if not immediately, with time, and this seems to be as true in recruitment as in relationships!)

It's also useful, and not only when relocating, to make a list of suitable employers and proactively introduce yourself. Again, mediocre documents or a mumble-jumbled "elevator pitch" won't cut it. You've got to be clear on your value and you've got to distinguish yourself - absolutely essential!

Instead of emailing a resume, a resu-letter or intro letter and key project profile would be different and thus, intriguing. Well written documents can overcome hesitation by drawing the reader in with info that totally speaks to employer needs (think performance as it relates to productivity and profits).

Lots of ideas on how to make things happen here! Happy moves, whether career, home, or both!