Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Commonly, employers may opt to choose a candidate who is from the area; however, this does not mean that you shouldn’t apply to those jobs that are in different areas. Opening up your job search will bring many more opportunities to find the job that best suits your expertise. Many companies require a cover letter, this a great way to show your flexibility and willingness to move to a new area, as well as why you want to move and work at their company. Going to a company that is outside of your city of residence will bring diversity to their team, which many companies are striving to achieve. Knowing that many companies outside of your immediate city will not consider you, you should look for companies that you are serious about wanting to work for and do your research. Doing this will allow you to put a higher level of focus on those company’s applications and cover letter. Also, you could consider looking at different companies that have different office locations. These types of companies will have a higher probability of having people at their office from different areas and will have a different outlook on relocation. Lastly, in their application, make sure that you answer any questions with travel and relocation in a manner that will ease their thoughts of hiring someone who is not from the area. Good luck with your job search!