EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

The number of qualified candidates in major metropolitan areas is always strong. The problem faced by our members in “one horse towns” is dealing with the issue of relocation when they apply for opportunities.

Most of the folks I talk to who are not from major metropolitan areas feel they are at risk of being cast aside in the sorting process when they apply for jobs that aren’t close to their current location. Alas, it is probably true. It is a simple fact of life and only logical that companies would be less open to relocating folks if they have ample candidates nearby.

To some degree, members living in major metropolitan areas who are open to relocation are faced with the same problem, except that they do probably come across at least some local job offerings.

I have seen what I think are bad solutions such as leaving off your home address, but I have yet to see any really good answers. So, I would ask those of you with suggestions to have at it. These should be sent to [email protected], not to me.

The only idea I would present to get you started is that in the process of presenting your credentials in your cover note you should make some mention of why the new location might make sense for you and your family.

When I have gotten responses to some of our consulting assignments for The FECG, I find myself more likely to consider engaging someone with family in the area, than someone who is going to be all by their lonesome. I like our consultants to be happy. (Happy people work harder.)

An additional consideration is an overwhelming need for your skill set. For example, some of our assignments are very specific, and in that case companies know they are going to have to pay travel and temporary living expenses.

I don’t think it is a good idea to offer to pay for your relocation in a cover letter. Even when the posting indicates “local candidates only,” it is always true that for the right person they might pay relocation. And don’t kid yourself, those costs can be steep. Why deny them the opportunity to pay for a part of it?

I look forward to reading some of your ideas.

Regards, Matt

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