Applying for jobs is a full time job in itself. Companies get hundreds of resumes for each position and you're somehow supposed to make your cookie-cutter resume stick out. You most likely have the degree required, a somewhat related internship or three, and 90% of the required skill set...but so do all the other applicants. You can attempt to portray your probably average skill set in a cover letter, but do they even read those? Think this is enough of a headache, try throwing in an out-of-state address and try not instantly getting the reject email.
In a previous post, I talked about how absolutely impossible it is to apply for jobs in a state that you do not currently reside in. Most companies wouldn't dream of flying you out for an interview, it's too expensive and they have a handful of identical applicants within a reasonable distance. Maybe you can talk them into a Skype interview, but even then you'll have to be brought on site for HR purposes before signing an offer letter. Sound like enough of a nightmare? Trust me, I know.
You have two options. You can save a shit ton of money like I did and just move to where you want to be. I found this to be the smallest headache possible and am always up for funemployment. The other option is to apply like crazy and hope that someone is willing to take a chance on you. From my experience, when you send an out of state application, it goes straight into the reject pile. The three tactics below gave my somewhat average resume an actual shot at employment.
1. Employee Referral
Most companies have some sort of referral bonus for current employees if they recommend a candidate and they get hired on. In other words, free money. Look through your Linked In connections, ask that girl you sat next to in stats, message that boy who just updated his occupation on Facebook. Most people don't mind to send your resume straight to their HR department if it means a few hundred extra for them.
This should seem like a no-brainer, but definitely ask the person before you use them as reference. I once had a guy use my name without me knowing. When HR emailed to ask about my past work experience with him, I couldn't lie. It ended with him not being hired due to my knowledge of him being a less than stellar employee when we previously interned together. You wouldn't want your name and reputation attached to someone who will make you look bad in the workplace.
Also, some companies have policies that the candidate's resume must come first from the current employee. This proves that you actually know the employee and have a relationship rather than just slapping their name on your application in hopes of sticking out. As greedy as it sounds, an employee is more likely to help you if the referral bonus is still in play.
2. Staffing Agencies
I'm not sure why I never learned about this amazing concept in college? After I quit my job, I updated my address on Monster. Having a degree and a little bit of experience, I expected a few calls. No. I got anywhere from 10-20 per day for a week or two. Some were just random positions and didn't deserve a call back. But the staffing agencies...always call them back.
Basically these people are paid by your future employer to get you hired. You send them your most updated resume and they will send you job descriptions that they think fit your skill set best. You give them the okay and they go do some sort of black magic and apply, set up interviews, and prep you. You don't do the cover letter, altering the resume to the job description, or awkward back and forth with in house recruiters. You just sit back and let the agency do all the leg work. The best part? The agency gets a percentage of your first years' annual salary from the company. This means they want to negotiate your salary as high as they can so they can get a bigger cut. You don't pay the percentage, your future employer does. I'm still convinced that these people are straight from heaven and deserve the world.
3. Use Your Network
You know how I found a place to live in Denver? My ex boyfriends', best friends', ex girlfriends', friend had a room opening up. People are willing to help you get where you want to be, you just have to be brave enough to ask. Your uncle may have an old roommate who works in your desired field and can pass your resume along. Your old boss may have a connection that she wouldn't mind you using. You build a network for a reason, don't be afraid to use them!
Keep your head up and don't get discouraged. If you're determined, you'll find a way to make it happen. I pinky promise there's a light at the end of a tunnel, especially with staffing agencies, your network, and your already employed friends.