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Just how important is location, in a job search ?

Ganesh Krishnamurthy-

Joined: Aug 08, 2002
Posts: 7
Hey peeps,
I have been job hunting the past few weeks. I have a masters in CS and 1-2 years of work experience, including an internship at Sun Microsystems (J2EE team). I have found that recruiters and companies mostly prefer local candidates. Althought this might make economic sense to them (in terms of not having to pay for relocation), its irksome for people like me who do not mind relocating without any assistance. Its simply unfair that a guy in College Station, TX is not considered for a position in New York, even though his skill set clearly shows a match. Should the place where you live in be given so much weightage ? Maybe I need to move to a metro city...
John Coxey
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Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 503
- Keep hitting the job market - someone will eventually be willing to reloate you.
- If you got the education and skills - you will eventually get noticed.
My two cents.
John Coxey

John Coxey
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Richard Scothern
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Joined: May 25, 2001
Posts: 83
Why don't you try opening a PO Box in one of those mailing centres they have in major cities. I think the cost is around $40 per month, with the posibility of mail-forwarding also. If you give the impression of being local you may have a better chance.
Roseanne Zhang
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Joined: Nov 14, 2000
Posts: 1953
My mailbox costs $40.00/yr, even I'm not currently looking for a job. I know that someone is using a friend's mailing address and an answering machine, since an extra phone line is cheap. Then you can checking the message remotely and call back by using your own cell phone with almost on time response. You also can have different area code cell phone too, put your area code in your target location. The market certainly makes people creative!
That is another kind of competition.
[ August 16, 2002: Message edited by: Roseanne Zhang ]
Ken Reigle

Joined: Jun 21, 2001
Posts: 5
Some creative ideas here.
You can also make it crystal clear in your correspondence with the company that relocation is not an issue and that you will be handling it. It's going to come out eventually that you are not local, but some of ideas above may at least help you get your foot in the door.
Good luck!
Scott Hajer

Joined: Jul 26, 2001
Posts: 29
When a job ad states "Local Candidates Only," it's not always because they don't want to pay relocation costs. Here are some of the other potential reasons:
1) Company prefers to do most interviews face to face and the process is stretched out over a couple weeks. So a distant candidate would have to fly in multiple times.
2) Similar to above, but the company requires an interview with a client, so at least 2 interviews must be in person.
3) The company screens all resumes "by hand" and does not have an applicant tracking system. A national pool of candidates will quickly overwhelm the "system". (which is why so many candidates say that they are perfect fits for jobs yet never hear back when they apply.)
4) The company is looking to do a contigent offer and distant candidates create timing issues. i.e. a candidate from California cannot interview or start a job at a moment's notice in Florida.
I would venture to guess that these days most of the time when companies say "local candidates only," it's not for relocation concerns but for one or more of the reasons above.
If you are willing to pay your own way for the relo and also for transportation to the interviews, and really can move at a moment's notice, I have an idea that might get you more consideration, though I hesitate to give it.
Rufus BugleWeed
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Joined: Feb 22, 2002
Posts: 1551
I don't live there, but historically Washington, D.C. is a job hunters town.
Dalia Rojas

Joined: Apr 23, 2002
Posts: 23
This is all very interesting. Have any of these pointers helped any of you out in finding a job somewhere not-local to you?

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Ganesh Krishnamurthy-

Joined: Aug 08, 2002
Posts: 7
Thanks all, for your suggestions. Funny how necessity turns out to be the mother of all inventions.

Scott, I dont mind relocating in a moment's notice. Paying for transportation to interviews, on the other hand, is a different issue. Still, any idea that might help get more consideration is always welcome.
- Ganesh
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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