Should You Apply For Jobs in Other Cities?

Should You Apply For Jobs in Other Cities?

In this uncertain time, you might be wondering if you should apply for work somewhere else. You could look for jobs in other cities. But that leaves you with one of two options - relocating or working remotely. Find out more about whether or not you should apply for work in other cities and how doing so can change your life.

Does Geography Matter?

For years, people have been working remotely for a company. Someone at a call center in India might have answered phone calls for a company in the US, and a news writer in the US may have published an article in Ireland. Although the technology wasn't as good as it is today, remote work has been possible for years.

Since the pandemic, remote work has become more common than ever. People who never imagined working remotely had no choice but to do so when their businesses shut down main offices. As individuals took on these remote roles, they realized that there wasn't always a need to conduct business in-person.

In fact, they learned that it didn't really matter where they worked. Geography became a lot less important, at least when it came to the workplace. You could work in one state but live hundreds or thousands of miles away. This realization sparked a new trend of workers seeking remote jobs.

A Continuing Trend

Today, the trend of switching to a remote model of work continues. While some companies required their employees to return to the office, others decided remote work was better for productivity and budgets. Less office space means less overhead, and more productivity means more money.

Employees weren't the only ones to embrace remote work. Without a long daily commute, employees regained hours a day with their families. They were able to enjoy lunches with their kids and work in their leisure wear.

Because so many people now appreciate the benefits of remote work, it's becoming incredibly popular. To attract the best employees, companies offer remote work opportunities. They use it as a way to make sure they have the top talent in the industry.

It's unlikely that remote jobs will ever stop being popular. And even if businesses eventually switch back to less remote options, the reality is that remote jobs abound. If you're looking for a new job, you can find one almost anywhere and not worry about relocating.

How To Make It Work

You should apply for jobs in other cities, but you should also be sure to do it the right way. If you plan on applying for a job somewhere else and don't want to relocate, follow these tips:

Look for Remote Positions

Perhaps the most obvious tip is to seek out jobs that mention "remote" or "work from home" in the job listing. Some listing may only include the word "telecommute". When you go to your favorite job search site, search those terms.

When you search this way, location is irrelevant. Just keep in mind that some jobs may be remote but don't say anything in the job listing. The remaining tips are for positions that don't specify remote work in the job description.

Be Smart About It

You can't do all jobs remotely. If you apply for a job somewhere else but there's no way for you to work remotely, don't waste your time. Are there reasons a remote model won't work for the job you want? If so, you may need to stick to local positions.

You can also do some research to find out what's going on in the industry. Are other companies allowing their workers to be remote? If so, you may be able to convince this company to let you try remote work.

Be Flexible

Some level of flexibility may be necessary for you to convince an employer to take you on. For instance, you might need to do two weeks of in-person training, or attend monthly office meetings. Think about how you're willing to compromise and make it clear to the employer that you're willing to make it work.

With that said, you can only give so much. If an employer wants you to fly back and forth every month, you may want to rethink the job offer. Don't give up too much for the remote work model.

Give Solutions

Remember that this is new to the employer. While employers usually have all the answers, they might not know how to handle taking you on as a remote employee. It could be your job to show them how it can be done.

So, don't be afraid to make suggestions. If they ask how you would be able to participate in team meetings, offer to attend on Zoom. And if they question your ability to be productive, site statistics from your past or explain how you stay on task. Before you speak with the employer, be ready to offer suggestions for any of their possible complaints or arguments.

Be Honest at the Interview

On your resume, there's no need to include anything about not relocating for the job. You never want to lie on a resume, but there's also no need to include your plans for remote work.

When you receive an inquiry for an interview, you will need to be honest and explain yourself. During this time, give the hiring manager a reason to want you on the team.  If you have something unique to offer, they may not care where you live.

Keep Trying

Right now, the market is ideal for job seekers. There are more jobs than there are applicants, so you have plenty of options. If one employer says no to remote work, don't give up. Move on to the next job application and see where it takes you.

Although finding a remote job is more challenging than finding a regular one, it comes with many rewards. Your efforts won't be for nothing and it will only be a matter of time before you have your new remote position.

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