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Asked by Kirby on March 31, 2016

I have been trying to relocate from a very populated region (NYC) to a less populated region (Charleston, SC). Like every job searcher, I've been having a difficult time. I have been on 4 interviews and have been rejected from them all. Is it acceptable to reach out again to the HR contacts within the companies that I had established to see if there are any other opportunities?

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on April 1, 2016

Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to reach back out to the contacts that you spoke with at these companies.  One, to ask about any additional opportunities, but also to ask for any feedback on why you were not selected.  You must approach this conversation carefully and in a way that is clear that you are trying to learn for your next opportunity and not to question their judgement about not selecting you.  If you can do this tactfully, it will leave a good impression with these employers that you are someone who is thoughtful and self-aware about your skills and abilities.  It is also important to network with contacts at potential employers.  Search LinkedIn and GlassDoor to learn about these companies and work to connect with those who appear to be decision makers.

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on April 6, 2016

Absolutely!  If you have direct contacts who you have had previous live dialog with, you are welcome to reach out to them.  I second the previous responder's use of the word "thoughtful."  Think about the message you are sending and what your goals are when you communicate.

I am a strong proponent of networking and part of that is considering every person you encounter to be a possible building block in your network.  I know the process can be frustrating.

Look at your efforts in stages.  Obviously the application, resume, prescreening, initial conversations portion is going pretty well if you have had 4 interviews.  So what can you improve upon at the interview stage? 

Best of luck!

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Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on April 13, 2016

Yes, I would definitely reach out to the HR contacts about other opportunities. The key is to build your networking contacts and to keep in contact with those individuals so they can reach out to you when opportunities arise. I think it's a great idea to ask for feedback on why you were not selected. Some companies may be more willing to give you more feedback than others so keep that in mind. I would also recommend looking back at your interview and how you answered the questions. Could you have provided more examples or detailed information. Also, make sure to research the company that you're interviewing with so you can ask the interviewer questions about the company in the interview. 

Best of luck in your job search!  

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Answered by Gigi, Hiring Expert at ADP, on July 25, 2016

Devise an overall strategy for relocating. Decide approximately when you’ll make the move. Determine whether you’ll be able to make one or more scouting trips to the area before you relocate. The ideal would be to make two trips — one exploratory trip to expand your network, conduct informational interviews, and investigate housing, and a second trip dedicated to job interviews and finalizing details. Knowing that the average job search can take anywhere from three months to a year, ask yourself if you can afford to make the move if you don’t have a new job lined up at moving time. Develop a relocation budget, and don’t forget security deposits, rent, mortgage payments — possibly in both new and old locations — and incidentals, such as postage and long-distance phone costs. Be prepared to discuss some of the details of your relocation (such as timing and your reason for moving) in your cover letters and interviews with employers in the new locale.
Determine your job opportunities in your new location, which you can do in a several ways. Conduct research to find out which major employers are located in the city to which you wish to move.
Find two points of contact in each company. After you’re clear on which companies inspire you, it’s key to find out who handles HR and who your potential boss would be in the company. While HR doesn’t have as much power as the hiring manager (your potential boss), it’s good to be on HR’s radar. This is another great opportunity to use Linkedin— figure out who is in charge, and get comfortable with the advanced search function. Considering 89% of recruiters have hired employees through this tool, it’s also critical that you establish your Linkedin presence and use it to your advantage.
I think it's important to keep your connection warm in this process. I would do follow ups monthly just to connect if anything has changed in the market or if there is an hiring need now at the company you are interested in.

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