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Jobhunting at a distance

Jobhunting at a distanceLooking for jobs in another part of the country can be a challenge. Try these tips to improve your chances.

Be selective

If an interview would be just a bus ride away, you can afford to apply for whatever jobs are going. If it means paying for train tickets, you might need to be a bit more selective. Think carefully about whether you are actually interested in the job, and whether you have a reasonable chance of getting it. Remember, if you're not applying for as many jobs, you can spend more time on making your applications shine.

Be up-front

Employers might be willing to make different arrangements for you if you don't live nearby. This could include scheduling interviews more flexibly or arranging a phone interview, for example. However, they won't be able to help you if they don't know your situation, so let them know early in the process.

Manage your schedule

Travelling costs both time and money, so when you visit your new location you'll want to get as much out of the trip as possible. If you're travelling for an interview, think about what else you could do while you're in town. This might be researching local businesses that you might want to work for or exploring areas to work out where you want to live.

However, take care not to spoil your chances by packing your schedule too tightly. Make sure you have plenty of time to prepare for your interviews and arrive on time. If you can, it's better to schedule anything else you do after your interview so you can give it your full attention.

Phone and video interviews

In some circumstances, you might be offered a phone interview instead of travelling to be interviewed face-to-face. Some employers might offer a video interview using a service like Skype. This will normally only be a first interview, and you can expect to have to travel for a face-to-face interview before being offered the job.

Find out more about dealing with phone interviews.

Plan your move

You need to plan the practicalities of your move even if you're not sure you will be going ahead with it. This way, you'll be able to move more quickly if you are offered a job, and give employers a realistic estimate of when you'll be able to start.

You probably won't be able to arrange your accommodation in advance, but you can work out which areas you'd be happy to live in and get an idea for how much you'll need to pay. If you know people in the area, you might be able to arrange to stay with them temporarily before moving into somewhere permanent.

If you're planning to move even if you haven't found a job, look into temping opportunities as well as full-time jobs: these will help you to earn some money and gain experience while continuing your search in your new location.

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