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How to Write a Résumé for Moving Out of State

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Moving out of state can be a difficult task at the best of times, but when you are also looking for a job it can quickly become a seeming impossibility. Knowing how to write a résumé for moving out of state can help reduce the number of potential problems, making the process far simpler.

Write a cover letter. This is a letter that explains your situation in a concise manner. Explain that you are moving to the state and the date on which you will arrive. Include a short sentence on why you are moving and indicate for the record that you are not asking the company to cover your moving fees. This helps allay any concerns employers may have over the cost of employing you.

Write your résumé, highlighting your important skills. Because you have to sell yourself over local people, who will potentially be able to start immediately, you need to emphasize your qualifications. This is best achieved by tailoring the résumé to each job you apply for, so you can better highlight the important features of your work experience.

Create an electronic copy of your résumé so you can email it. If you have a website or LinkedIn profile, consider putting a copy of your résumé online for employers to download at their leisure. Write your résumé on a word processor such as Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or Pages and save it in Word 97 Document format for maximum compatibility.


Because of your distance from potential employers, consider sending copies of your references along with your résumé. If you do this, also include your references' contact details in your résumé, in a section marked “References.” Employers may wish to contact references on their own regardless of whether you send references or not.


Always be honest on your résumé. Though it may seem advantageous to embellish your career or add qualifications you do not yet have to make yourself look better, you only make yourself come across as untrustworthy. Remember that employers can check your qualifications and contact past employers easily, so it is highly likely that any lies will be discovered.