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  • Option 1: Mention It at the Beginning
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When you’re planning on relocating to a new area and you need to find a job in a different city , it’s important to be careful how you handle all that information in your cover letter. Hiring managers often look for people in the immediate vicinity, and you don’t want to miss an opportunity just because you currently live outside of their area . Read on to learn how to mention relocation when you write a cover letter.

If you’re applying for a senior position or a job with a shortage of qualified candidates, you have a good chance of being considered for a job even though you currently live in a different location. However, if you’re applying for a low or mid-level position where there may be many qualified applicants who already live in the area, you can risk being screened out if you submit documents with an out-of-town address.

Employers will be more likely to consider someone who is already going to be in the area, so they don't have to deal with the logistics and expense of moving a new hire.

You need to phrase your cover letter correctly, so you can get your application considered by prospective employers, even if you currently live outside of their region. 

First of all, keep the focus on your  qualifications for the job  rather than on where you live. Secondly, make it very clear that you are planning a move to the new location.

Finally – if your budget allows – you can mention that you are more than happy to travel, at  your own cost , to their campus or office for a personal interview and that you also plan to be responsible for your own moving expenses.

Should You List Your Address on Your Resume and Cover Letter?

You will find career counselors who advise omitting your physical address on your resume and cover letter entirely, because this may lessen your chances of consideration and because of potential identity theft. However, many hiring managers will still perceive such an omission as a “red flag,” wondering why you have omitted your address even as they note that the latest job mentioned on your resume is located 1,000 miles away from them. Until omitting physical addresses on professional resumes becomes commonplace, it’s probably best to be upfront and explain your current address and relocation plans.

How to Mention Relocation in Your Cover Letter

You’ll typically benefit the most by addressing the fact that you’re moving upfront. This will make it clear that you’re not applying just as a way to get to the new location. After all, your main rationale for applying for any job should be the nature of the work, followed by the appeal of the organization.

You can either mention the fact that you are moving at the beginning of the cover letter or closer to the end. But either way, a statement that addresses your interest in the job itself should precede any reference to the fact that you're relocating.

Option 1: Mention It at the Beginning of Your Letter

This type of statement can be included early in the first paragraph of a cover letter.

Sample Cover Letter Mentioning Relocation

Maximum Communications 123 Main St. Anytown WA, 12345 555-555-5555 maximum@communications.com

September 1, 2018

Drew Smith 123 Home Dr. Hometown PA 56789

Dear Mr. Adams,

It was with much excitement that I learned of Maximum Communications’ search for an Associate Marketing Coordinator. I am highly interested in consideration for this position since it would enable me to apply my project management skills and also would tap my passion for event planning.

The recent trajectory of growth at Maximum Communications, including your latest addition of Pepsi as a client, further stimulated my interest in applying for this position.

My wife and I are planning to relocate  (or, even better, “are in the process of relocating”)  within the next two months to the Seattle area to be closer to her family, so the timing of this job opening is ideal.

Option 2: Mention It at the End of Your Letter

Perhaps the best way, however, to address relocation is to incorporate a statement in a final paragraph which mentions traveling to the area. This a) allows you to focus on the job and your qualifications themselves at the beginning of the letter; and b) gives you more time to make it clear that the employer wouldn't be responsible for your travel costs, moving costs , or any other expenses.

As mentioned above, organizations usually expect to fund travel and bring in candidates from outside locations to interview for senior and hard-to-fill positions. However, for more entry-level jobs there may be a preference for local candidates. 

Dear Mr. Smith,

I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this position. I will be traveling to Seattle for a conference  (or to find an apartment or to network with local college alumni)  in two weeks and would be available to meet at that time. However, I would also be glad to travel, at my own expense, for an interview at your convenience. Please know that I also have resources in place that would allow me to relocate and begin work immediately upon hiring. Thank you for your time, consideration, and forthcoming response.

This is a cover letter example that mentions relocation. Download the cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

Review a Sample Letter Mentioning Relocation (Text Version)

Susan Jones 111 Oak Street Anytown, MA 02222 555-222-3333 susan.jones@email.com

Mr. James Redstone Managing Director GRE Enterprises 222 Market Street San Diego, CA 20165

Dear Mr. Redstone,

I heard with great interest in the open position of Sales Coordinator at GRE Enterprises from my supervisor, James Gray. He suggested I contact you directly, as we had been discussing my next career opportunity and my family’s upcoming move to the San Diego area.  

At ABC, my contributions to the sales team have been well documented. My sales have consistently exceeded my goals by double digits, and my client satisfaction ratings have been maintained at the highest standards. My organizational and communication skills have placed me in a leadership role among the entry-level staff.    

 As you know, ABC is a company similar in size and scope to GRE. As I look toward my next position, I believe the possibility of continuing my career path in sales with your group will be a wonderful opportunity to help make your company even more successful.

I will be traveling to San Diego several times in the next few months and would love to meet you at your convenience to discuss how I can contribute to your sales team.

Thank you for your consideration.

Susan Jones (signature hard copy letter)

Susan Jones

If you are sending an email cover letter , list your contact information in your signature after your name.

How to Write a Relocation Cover Letter

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Why do you need a relocation cover letter?

How to write a relocation cover letter, relocation cover letter template.

Applicants use a relocation cover letter to express interest in an organization that would require relocating to be able to accept the job. It can influence the employer to give you a chance to interview with them and answer any logistical questions they have. This article explains the steps for writing a relocation cover letter to open up additional job opportunities.

Writing a relocation cover letter is important if you’re looking for work in another city, state or country. Make sure to address why an employer should invest time and resources in you. A relocation cover letter answers questions about your location before you step into an interview room with an employer. 

Here are some steps you can follow to write and format a relocation cover letter: 

1. First, provide your contact information 

Give the employer the necessary contact information so they can contact you directly if they’re interested in your candidacy. Add your first and last name, physical address, city, state, zip code, a phone number and an email address before moving on to the next step. 

Philip Stanley 302 Grover Drive Smithtown, NY 11780  555-555-5555 [email protected]

2. Second, list the date you’re submitting your cover letter and the organization’s details 

Leave a space after your contact information and list the date you’re sending the cover letter. Target the letter to the human resources director or hiring manager. You’ll need to add the company’s information under the HR contact’s name. 

January 3, 2020

Ms. Janet O’Malley  Human Resources Manager  Flash Content Agency  650 South Franklin Avenue Orlando, FL 32804

3. Third, write an opening greeting 

The opening greeting formally initiates the dialogue you’re having with the employer.

‘Dear. Ms. O’Malley’

4. Fourth, state the reason why you’re writing a relocation cover letter 

You’re writing the cover letter to show your interest in the position you are applying for. Showing your interest is vital, so the employer knows from the beginning that you’re committed to working for them. You also want to show that you know the steps you need to take will differ from accepting a position in your area. 

‘Flash Content Agency’s recent job posting for the Sales Manager position has attracted my interest. It’s been my goal to move to the Sunshine State, and I think this the right opportunity for me. I believe the skills and experience I have make me a qualified candidate for this position. I have attached my resume to be further considered for this role.’

5. Fifth, list the skills you bring to the position you’re applying for

After you list why you’re interested in the position, provide evidence of your experience that demonstrates your qualifications as a candidate. Use quantifiable statistics when possible to draw attention to the results you’ve produced for other organizations. 

‘Some of the skills and experience that I can offer include:

  • 5 years of experience selling content services to clients 
  • Responsible for the increase of customers by 20 percent annually over the last three years 
  • Extensive knowledge of lead generation and sales cycles 
  • Robust technological, interpersonal and problem-solving skills 
  • A team-oriented mindset that focuses on the company’s success’

6. Next, state when you’ll be visiting the area

Reiterate how your contributions will be valuable to the organization and show your interest in speaking with them directly in addition to the next time you’re in the area. 

‘Again, I believe that my expertise in sales would allow me to become a vital member of the team at Flash Content Agency. I would like to speak with you further about this opportunity, and how I can be in service to the organization. I am available for travel to meet in person, so please advise the best time to meet regarding the open Sales Manager position.’

7. Finally, finish your cover letter and conclude with a salutation and your name

Complete the cover letter with a short conclusion, along with a salutation and your name. You can use the conclusion to show your willingness to move to the city where the job is located to demonstrate your commitment. 

‘As I plan to relocate to Orlando, I am prepared to cover any relocation costs. 

Thank you for your consideration for this position.

Sincerely, Philip Stanley’

Here’s a relocation letter template that you can use as a guide to write your own: 

[First and Last Name] [Physical Address] [City, State and Zip Code] [Phone Number] [Email Address]

[Date of when the application is sent to the employer]

[Dear First Name and Last Name of the Human Resources Director or Hiring Manager],

[Beginning of the body paragraph. State your interest in relocating for this job opportunity. State that you’re the right for the position and refer to your resume as well.] 

[Discuss the skills and experience that make you a qualified candidate for the position. You can list them in bullet points or in paragraph form.]

[Reiterate your confidence that the position is the right fit for you and express that you want to speak with them in person. List specific dates that you’ll be in the area for them to meet with you.]

[Conclude by showing your willingness to relocate and thank them for considering your candidacy for this position.]

[Sincerely, First and Last Name]

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Sample Relocation Cover Letters

Relocation cover letters that are simple to adapt for your specific circumstances.

Whether you are planning to move or investigating the idea of relocation in order to secure a job, this useful relocation cover letter information will help get your resume noticed and get you that job interview.

Cardboard moving box with words "Relocation Cover Letter"

Your cover letter should persuade the potential employer that you are the best candidate for the position. Your relocation should be a non-issue for the company, with the focus firmly on your ability to do the job.

Select the relocation letter that best suits your situation and adapt it for your own use.

Top Tips for Writing Relocation Cover Letters

When writing a cover letter for relocation use these tips to help you get it right.

1. Use your current contact details

Don't confuse the situation by using the address you are relocating to. The potential employer needs to be able to contact you at your current address.

2. Explain your situation clearly and positively

Where, when and why you are relocating. Examples:

"I look forward to permanently relocating to Kansas City this September to be near my elderly parents. Your job opportunity presents the sort of career challenge I am looking for...."

"I read your advertisement for a registered nurse with interest and enthusiasm. The position seems to be a perfect fit with my skills and experience and I am open to relocation for the right job opportunity."

3. Reinforce the permanence of the relocation

Use the word permanent in your relocation cover letter to immediately reassure the employer that this is a long term move. If you are willing to relocate for the sake of the job opportunity then give a convincing reason why you would like to make the move such as a stronger economy or better lifestyle.

4. Include your availability for interviews

  • Plan to be in the area at certain times so you can attend interviews.
  • Give the target company a choice of dates for the meeting rather than just one specific day.
  • This demonstrates flexibility and a consideration for the reader's time and commitments.
  • You can suggest an initial phone interview as an introduction.

Keep this relocation cover letter information in mind when you adapt the following sample cover letters for your own use.

This letter can be used when you are having to relocate and are looking for employment in the area.

Your Name Your Address Your Contact details

Mr George Harrod Human Resources Manager Nobel, Green and Associates 17 Park Plaza Tampa, FL 33610

Dear Mr Harrod

I am permanently relocating to Tampa in March as my husband has accepted a job offer in the area. I read your online job posting for a legal assistant with keen interest as I believe my skills and strengths are an excellent match for this position.

Some of the key competencies I can contribute to the opportunity include:

  • paralegal certification
  • over 7 years experience in a legal assistant capacity in a fifteen-attorney law firm
  • proven proficiency in legal research, preparation of legal documents and case materials
  • excellent computer and data management skills
  • a reputation as an independent worker who is able to manage multiple demands to efficiently meet deadlines

I enclose my resume for your consideration and I would welcome the opportunity to further discuss your needs and my abilities. I will be in Tampa next week or we can speak over the phone. Thank you for your time and interest.

Lesley J. Wood Enclosure

How to tell an employer you are willing to relocate

Use this sample relocation cover letter when you are willing to relocate for the job opportunity.

Mrs Carol Schuster Hiring Manager Mercy Community Clinic 1 Creswell Road New York , NY 10025

Dear Mrs Schuster

Your recent advertisement for a Medical Office Manager has captured my interest. It has long been an ambition of mine to relocate permanently to New York and I believe this is the right job opportunity. I am confident my skills and experience are an excellent match for the position and I enclose my resume for your consideration.

Some of the strengths that I can bring to this opportunity include:

  • Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE)
  • 6 years experience organizing the business operations of a busy healthcare facility
  • Responsible for all purpose accounting, payment processing and payroll
  • In-depth knowledge of current healthcare regulations, medical laws and ethics
  • Excellent computer, scheduling and information management skills
  • A motivated team player who always go the extra mile

I am confident that my knowledge and expertise will allow me to make a valuable contribution to your clinic. I would enjoy speaking with you in person to explore this opportunity further and how I can best serve your needs. I will be in New York between date and date. Please contact me to arrange a convenient time for us to meet.

As I am planning to move to New York regardless, I will be responsible for any relocation costs.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Alex Barlow Enclosure

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Definition of a Cover Letter for Relocation

A cover letter relocation is a supplementary letter that is usually attached to various documents, for example, when applying for a job in a new place, entering a university, or during business correspondence. The main goal of relocation letters is to prepare the ground for further job applications.

If you want to draw additional attention from your potential employer, make a good impression, and increase the chance of getting a job offer, writing a cover letter is essential. There is no doubt that a hiring manager is more likely to consider a local candidate for the job than a nonresident. So, presenting all the information concerning the exact time and place of your relocation in advance is a good strategy.

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Reasons to Compose a Relocating Cover Letter

The role of relocation cover letters in the process of job searching is integral. It is necessary for building a personal relationship between an employee and a potential boss from the very beginning.

There is no chance that a hiring manager will ever read your resume if the cover letter has poor quality or lacks emotion. Therefore, if you face the need to start your career from scratch in another place, pay special attention to composing a relocation cover letter.

Cover Letter Relocating Essentials

A relocation cover letter format is not much different from the ordinary structure of such documents. It must include the following parts:

  • salutation;
  • an opening statement containing information about the applicant and the desired position;
  • the body of a letter with a summary of personal qualities, skills, and experience;
  • conclusion with an expression of the desire to receive an interview invitation;
  • contact information;

Show Your Interest in the Work in a Target Company

If we are talking about a perfect cover letter for out of state job, then it must be company-oriented. A job seeker who sends the same relocation cover letters to different firms is not interested in a particular vacancy. An experienced HR manager understands this right away.

Before writing a cover letter, study the company’s ideology carefully and try to imagine the ideal candidate for the position. If you find yourself a perfect fit, do not hesitate to write about it and demonstrate your enthusiasm.

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Be Precise About the Date and Time

When writing a willing to relocate cover letter for a potential employer, be specific and outright. Of course, you should not state your readiness to relocate in the introductory sentence. First, it is necessary to show you are a perfect qualified candidate for the desired position. 

Any decent company plans everything in advance, so make sure to notify a hiring manager about your immediate plans. Think about the date when you are ready to take up new work responsibilities and include this information in your cover letter.

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Mention Specific Ties With a New Place

In this part of a relocating letter, you should include a concise explanation of the reasons for your relocation. Try to think about how you can connect changing a place of residence with applying to a position in a new company.

Mention the ties you have in an area, whether you already are familiar with the place or it is a completely new experience. Try to show you are a competent and reliable person - demonstrate your serious intentions and readiness to stay there for a long time.

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Provide Actual Contact Information in a Relocation Letter

Of course, lying in a relocate cover letter will benefit neither your potential boss nor you. Therefore, make sure you provide relevant information as to your future address and contact number.

Using the resume-building tool, list all your target locations in the cover letter. This way, your document has a better chance of getting to the right place because employers have the ability to filter search results so that only the applicants living in the required area or city are shown.

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Instruction on Writing a Relocation Cover Letter

Writing a relocation resume cover letter is much easier with expert assistance. Reference to the quality examples from reliable sources is necessary if you want to increase your chances of getting a job offer. Nevertheless, forget about copying unless your objective is making a bad impression on the potential boss.

Introduce Yourself

An appeal is an integral part of any document, including a cover letter. It is better to address the letter not to the head of the company but personally to the specialist who is engaged in recruiting. If you are not sure who to write the letter to, it is permissible to start with the standard greeting form.

Note that it is not relevant to begin with the reasons for your relocation in cover letter. Think about some engaging phrases that would definitely catch the attention of a hiring manager. Why not implement them in context?

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Make Sure to List the Reasons in Your Relocate Letter

Here, you can think about both the reasons for your relocation and the reasons for applying for the job. An HR manager may express interest in your previous place of work and inquire about the frequency of changing the city of residence. You should prove yourself as a reliable and stable person.

Relocating letters are important to inform the potential employer about all the details concerning your moving plans. Of course, personal information must be filtered, but staying clear and honest is essential.

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Describe Your Relevant Experience

Explore the career site of a target company and find out which values and critical requirements ​​are most important. Try to demonstrate your compliance with some of them. 

When talking about your academic results and professional experience, focus only on the aspects that are valuable for a company; do not delve into unnecessary details. Moreover, do not pretend to be a qualified expert if you are not experienced - remember about honesty and building a decent reputation.

Relocation cover letter samples will be useful in finding the correct structure for this part of the document. 

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Focus on Qualifications and Capabilities

Any employer is primarily interested in professionalism, so there is no better way to attract attention than by providing an honest story about your most significant skills. Best relocation cover letter examples provide about 5-7 sentences explaining why one is the best candidate for the position, highlighting specific elements of the education, life experience, and additional courses completed.

It is important not to overestimate yourself; otherwise, HR will immediately feel your insincerity. It is better to include those skills that you are ready to demonstrate directly at the interview.

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Conclude the Document Correctly

When summarizing a cover letter for relocation, you must let the employer know that you intend to act immediately. Conclude the letter by promising to call at a certain time and discuss any additional questions. This may cause the HR manager to reconsider your resume while waiting for a call. Be sure to call as promised. 

Continuous persistence can open up new opportunities you have never even dreamed about. At the end, leave a signature and provide relevant information that can be used to contact you.

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Relocating Cover Letter Samples

We have compiled a few options of the most potent relocating cover letter sample for your convenience. Adapt them to the specifics of your desired position and place of residency, add personal emotions, and become a great candidate. Upon consulting professionals, you will be ready to send your cover letter directly to a hiring manager.

Relocation Cover Letter Sample №1

In this relocation letter sample, an applicant expresses his interest in working for a new company.

Dear Mr. Peterson,

I follow your company quite actively, so I was glad to know that you are looking for a PR manager. I would like to take responsibility for the projects the company deals with in this area.

I will be permanently changing my place of residency due to some family issues. Therefore, I am interested in becoming a part of your company on a permanent basis.

John Jacobs

Sample Relocation Cover Letter №2 

This relocation cover letter example is useful for those moving out of state.

I am writing to apply for the Sales Manager position in the Marketing Department. As an experienced marketing specialist in Canada, I have developed an understanding of the market specifics in this country. However, my dream has always been to work for a foreign company and dive into another culture. So, when I was offered a permanent place of residence in Germany, I accepted the opportunity without delay. 

I look forward to receiving feedback from you.


Willing to Relocate Cover Letter Sample №3

Note that relocation cover letter samples are clear and outright. Try to make your document no less informative than the one below.

I am interested in the position of Sales Representative in your company. I have extensive experience in retail, including merchandising, so I can come up with some new convincing ideas for the firm.

I am currently in the process of relocating to your area. I will be ready for a face-to-face interview on 13/09/21 or for an alternative online discussion at any convenient time. I will be able to start working right away.

Relocation Cover Letter Template

Make sure to get acquainted with a relocation cover letters template before starting to compose your own. Do not forget that your document must be in agreement with existing rules.

Your Address and Phone Number

The Name of an Employer

The Name of a Company

Dear [HR Manager],

First paragraph: self-presentation, the story of your relocation.

Second paragraph: providing the reasons why a company should pay attention to your candidacy.

Third paragraph: how you can contribute to achieving the company’s goals.

Final statement

Writing a Relocation Cover Letter: Summary of the Received Information

In case of starting a new life in another city or country, consider writing a relocation cover letter, which is indispensable rather than supplementary. To increase the chances of getting hired, follow these simple but effective rules.

  • Make sure to mention your intentions in your cover letter willing to relocate. However, do not start enumerating the reasons immediately from the first sentence - save it for the following paragraphs.
  • Get acquainted with some relocation letters sample - pay special attention to the format, style, and length of a document.
  • Show your interest in the company’s activities if you want to attract HR with your relocating for a job cover letter.
  • Offer a call, an online meeting, or a personal interview. Be ready to provide honest answers and actual information. 

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In this day and age, when globalization is at the forefront of many organizations, relocating for work is not as uncommon as it once was.

A survey conducted by Allied Vans found that 49% of interviewees moved because of job advancement or money, and 40% of those were aged 25–34.

Whether the reason behind your relocation is personal or professional, communicating this in your job application is a necessity.

This article will look at how to write a relocation cover letter to help you secure that job you always wanted.

A relocation cover letter follows the same structure as a regular cover letter . However, your intention to move is communicated in one of the opening paragraphs.

An employer may show bias if they see you are currently in a different part of the country or world.

On average, recruiters spend around seven seconds looking at resumes and cover letters. They use that short space of time to pick out keywords reflected in the job description.

A simple explanation of your current situation and willingness to relocate reassures the recruiter that this is a serious application.

While you will still use your cover letter to detail any relevant skills and experience, you should also consider the following in your relocation cover letter:

Your current address – Lying or tricking your potential employer is not a great start to a professional relationship. Be honest about where you are currently living. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you have to turn down an interview because you can't get there in time.

Use the second or third paragraph to detail your move – Again, be honest. Are you moving to be closer to family, because of your partner's work, because you always wanted to move there, or because it is your dream role? You should also let your potential employer know what stage of the move you are at; are you planning or is it happening?

Use key phrases – Using phrases like ‘a permanent relocation’ tells your potential employer that this is a long-term move and you are a reliable candidate. Back it up with reasons why the move is permanent, such as better job security or improved lifestyle in that city.

Emphasize that the opportunity coincides with you relocating – No employer wants to choose the wrong employee. Depending on the reasons for your move, they may have reservations about employing you. Confirming that your move will be completed before the intended start date will remove some doubt surrounding your recruitment. If your move is dependent on you getting the role, emphasize that you have no contracts or ties and can relocate at a moment's notice.

State you are willing to relocate at your own cost – Each corporate job role receives on average 250 applications . A majority of those will already be based in the area, so there is no incentive for the employer to fund your move. By stating that you are financing the move yourself, you save the employer from having an awkward conversation about money. Generally speaking, relocations are only sponsored when you are headhunted or when your employer wants you to relocate.

State you are available for in-person and remote interviews – Explain that you will be in the area during the interview phase or that you will be there during a certain time frame should they want to interview. Mention that if the company wants to interview you sooner, you are available for a virtual interview and a follow-up in-person meeting at a later date, should they wish.

How Do You Write a Cover Letter for Relocation?

Paragraph 1 – introduction.

Your introduction will include the position you are applying for and why you are a perfect match for the role.

I am very excited to be applying for the role of legal secretary based in Atlanta. I believe I am a perfect fit for the position. I have a proven history of managing multiple high-profile schedules and I look forward to repeating the same success in this city.

How to Write a Relocation Cover Letter

Paragraph 2 – Introduction Expansion

In this paragraph, expand on your relocation plans and what interests you about the company.

Having worked as a legal secretary for three years, I have always admired the work your legal firm does, as well as its integrity and values. The way you conduct yourselves is something I continually strive to do. I believe that Atlanta also holds these same values, which is why I had always planned to relocate there permanently, should the right job opportunity present itself.

Paragraph 3 – Most Relevant Experience

For this section, you need to highlight your most relevant experience and how this is a benefit to the company.

Use the job description to identify the tasks and experience they are looking for.

As a legal secretary, no two days are the same. I feel confident in saying that I am adaptable and have exceptional multitasking skills. At my current position, I manage the affairs of two of our CEOs. For three years, I have never mixed up or missed an appointment, flight or reservation. I believe this is because of the system I created and implemented, which allowed my bosses to conduct their professional affairs seamlessly and resulted in budget savings of 16%, 19% and 15% respectively.

Paragraph 4 – Second Most Relevant Experience

Using the same format as the previous paragraph, this section should detail another skill set mentioned in the job description.

The job description mentioned that one of my primary roles would be to arrange travel. This is also my primary function at my current company. As such, I have developed a relationship with travel agents, hotel managers and concierge services. I am proud to say that last year I reduced travel costs by 11% through these relationships.

Paragraph 5 – Availability

Use this section to mention when you are available for interviews .

Give your potential employer options:

  • Are you available for telephone and virtual interviews?
  • Will you be in that location at any point?
  • Are you able to travel to that location on short notice?
Should you wish to discuss my resume further, I am available at any time for a telephone or virtual interview. Should you prefer an in-person interview, I shall be in Atlanta for eight days from March 4th.

Paragraph 6 – Conclusion and Call to Action

Use this section to summarize why you are a good fit for that company and encourage them to take action.

If chosen as your legal secretary, I will bring productivity up and budgets down. Thank you for taking the time to read my resume. Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 555-555-5555 or [email protected]
Mr John Doe Marketing Specialist 222 Spring Street Soho, Manhattan NY 10012 February 10th, 2021 Ms Jane Someone HR Manager Marketing Solutions 333 Welcome Road Savannah, Georgia GA 31402 Dear Ms Someone, RE: Marketing Manager Position I am writing to apply for the role of marketing manager in Savannah. My partner and I have almost completed our permanent move to Georgia. My partner accepted a position as chief resident at the Savannah General, and I am thrilled that a position has become available at your agency. I believe my experience and skills will be of great benefit to you. I have always admired the campaigns Marketing Solutions has produced, and the culture of this agency is one I have always wanted to be part of. As a marketing specialist with over seven years’ experience creating award-winning campaigns and working with different markets and demographics, I believe I will be a valuable asset. Equally, my new surroundings in the gorgeous city of Savannah have given my creativity a boost, and I look forward to getting to know the people of this city. As mentioned, I have over seven years’ experience in marketing and have produced several award-winning campaigns. My most recent was in 2019, when my team and I won the 'most inclusive F&B campaign’. Further to that, the campaign generated an income 26% above the initial prediction. At my most recent agency, I was promoted to a senior management role. This meant a fair amount of creativity and a lot of multitasking. I was lucky enough to have the freedom to develop my own culture whereby my team felt inspired and supported. I was proud to have resigned from that agency knowing that I helped create a space where productivity had increased by 14%. I also came under budget in all areas by 7–11%. I appreciate that you will receive many applications for this role, as your agency is one of the best in the country, and that you have a schedule to follow. As such, I am available for a telephone or virtual interview at any time. Should you prefer a face-to-face interview, I shall be permanently in Savannah from March 1st. Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. Should I be successful, I look forward to bringing my knowledge and passion to this agency. I believe that our values and ambitions are a perfect match. Please do not hesitate to contact me further should you need any more information from me. I can be reached on 555-555-5555 or [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Mr John Doe
Miss Jane Doe 123 Ocean Drive Los Angeles CA 90291 February 10th, 2021 Ms Sam Somebody Bloomingdale's Department Store San Francisco CA 94103 Dear Ms Somebody, RE: Visual Merchandiser I am excited to be writing to you today to apply for the visual merchandiser position in San Francisco. Working and living in a city such as San Francisco and for a brand as prestigious as yours is a goal of mine. I believe my talent for details and my love of merchandising will be a great asset to Bloomingdale's. From my resume and address, you can see that I am from LA and currently reside there. However, I attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco and fell in love with the city's spirit and style. I want to reassure you that, should I be successful, there are no obstacles to my relocating. I am familiar with the city and I have no contractual agreements here in LA other than my current employment. During my two years at Boutique, I have had the opportunity to practice all that I learned in university. I was trusted to revolutionize the store's visual merchandising, making it about more than how something looks on a hanger. I am proud to say that not only have sales increased by 42% since my joining but it is also the most photographed store in LA. My creativity and understanding of consumer behavior have allowed me to create a floor that generates sales. Being the only visual merchandiser, I am proficient in all the relevant software, the fashion calendar and the value of holiday marketing. I have also dealt with producers, technicians and graphic designers on a one-to-one basis to ensure the props are absolutely perfect. I can confidently say that I am a proficient visual merchandiser. I believe I have what it takes to bring Bloomingdale's vision to life. Should I be lucky enough to secure an interview, I am available for virtual or telephone interviews at any time. I can also travel to San Francisco on short notice should you prefer an in-person interview; I would only need a day's notice. I would also like to acknowledge that my move will be entirely self-funded. This is a move I have always intended to make, and I have the means to do so. I'm just waiting on a confirmation from you. I have attached a portfolio of my work, from concept to creation, for your reference. If there is any more information you require, please reach out. My email address is [email protected] , and my contact number is 555-555-5555. I hope to hear from you soon. Regards, Miss Jane Doe

When it comes to applying for roles in different locations, honesty is always best.

If the move is currently happening, reassure potential employees of the timeline and the permanency of the move.

If your relocation is dependent on a job offer, then communicate that information. Make it clear that, should you be successful, you will commit to the move.

Show there are no obstacles that will prevent you from relocating and that it is something you have researched and are happy to do.

The rest of the cover letter follows the same rules as any other cover letter:

  • Share your most outstanding and relevant experience – The job description will tell you what skills they are looking for.
  • Give your successes a value – You improved productivity by how much percent? You increased revenue by how much?
  • Show your personality – Employers hire people as well as skills, so show that you will be fun to work with.
  • Keep it to one page and structure it – A messy, complicated cover letter will rule you out.
  • Have confidence in yourself – Recruiters can tell when you genuinely believe you are perfect for a role.

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How to Include Willingness to Relocate on Your Resume

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The search for a new job can be an emotional roller-coaster for job seekers. While it can be exciting to move on to the next stage of your life and career, there are often unexpected challenges and anxieties. That’s especially true when you’re planning to relocate and land a new job at the same time!

The good news is that being from another state doesn’t need to put you at a disadvantage in a long-distance job search. You just need to mention that you’re willing to relocate on your resume in a way that helps you compete with local candidates seeking the same job. Here are some of the best strategies to help you manage any out-of-state job search and minimize the concerns employers may have about dealing with relocation issues.

Why would a relocation be a problem for employers?

Before you even begin to mention relocation on your resume, remember that many employers are reluctant to hire out-of-state candidates. There are many reasons for this, but they all typically boil down to two things: the company’s time and expense. There are often increased costs associated with hiring candidates from out of state. In many instances, local candidates are typically available to begin work shortly after being hired. That isn’t always the case when candidates live in another state.

Some employers also view relocation as a risk for everyone involved. Here are some concerns you’ll want to address if you expect to land an interview and eventual job.

What happens if your move to their city doesn’t work out as you planned? 

Will you become a flight risk and need to move again – forcing the company to go through the hiring process all over again? 

Key Takeaway

Follow these simple tips when you mention relocation on your resume, and you’ll be able to effectively compete against local candidates for that out-of-state job you deserve.

How to mention that you’re willingness to relocate on your resume

As with everything in life, there is a right way and a wrong way to mention relocation on your resume during the job search.

First, let’s be clear: you do need to mention it. There are always some job seekers who present themselves as locals. Unfortunately for them, that deception is invariably discovered at some point. It is important to be honest with any prospective employer instead of lying on your job application, and let the company know that you’re relocating.

There are several effective ways to handle this subject, and to impress employers while you're at it!

If your relocation depends on landing a job

If your relocation is dependent on landing a job, then you need to mention that fact somewhere on your resume and/or cover letter.

In this case, you would mention relocation on your resume and discuss it in more detail in your cover letter.

You could mention it at the top of your resume and use one of the following:

Willing to relocate

Willing to relocate to Florida (if it's a specific desired location)

Regardless of which option you choose, the proper way to mention that you’re willing to relocate in your resume is to include that language after your current location. For example:

John J Smith

Anytown, AnyState (willing to relocate) | 555.555.5555 | [email protected]

Related : When your relocation depends on landing a job and a certain starting salary, read this post too: How To Include Desired Salary In a Cover Letter

Don't make this common mistake

Many job seekers make the mistake of listing the city they're relocating to as a current location on their resumes or LinkedIn profiles, and only bring up intentions to relocate when it comes time for the interview. This scramble makes you look unprofessional and dishonest – not a good impression to make on prospective employers!

Instead, if you're planning to relocate later and to a certain target location, you should mention that on the top of your resume with your contact information.

If you're moving whether you get a job or not

If you have a place secured and are certain about moving, you can include your new city and state on your resume in place of your current location. You don't need to mention relocation on either the resume or cover letter; however, you would generally be expected to appear for an interview.

If the date is still a few weeks out, you can provide the desired city you're relocating to along with the month and year.

Relocating to Florida in December 2018

Relocating to Austin, TX by 10/2020

Here is an example of including relocation on a resume:

Relocating to Anytown 08/2024 | 555.555.5555 | [email protected]

Remember that hiring managers are generally reluctant to interview those who are relocating unless it's for a high-level position that's difficult to fill.

Additional advice for job searching

During the coronavirus pandemic, there was a huge shift toward remote work and working from home. While that meant more remote opportunities during the pandemic, many employers have been rapidly returning to on-site employment again. Though remote opportunities still exist, it is important to clarify that issue as early in the application process as possible.

It should be obvious from the job description whether the position is remote, fully remote, or temporarily remote. If it isn't, you need to get that clarification during the interview! When you're not interviewing in person, it may be tempting to say you're local when you aren't.


These lies have a way of coming out. For example, your new potential employer may need to mail you onboarding materials or notify you that you're expected to be in the office next week. Always be upfront about where you're located. Focus on the value you can add, regardless of your location.

If you aren't willing to relocate for this position, you need to be assured before getting hired that this position will remain remote indefinitely.

Read our guide on How To Write A Resume For Remote Work to learn how to tailor your resume for a remote job.

How to mention relocation on a cover letter

The cover letter is where you would discuss your relocation in more detail. Look at the example below for more tips. You'll see that this type of statement would typically be placed near the end of your cover letter. That allows you to focus the main body of the letter on your potential employer's needs. It also enables you to establish yourself as the best candidate before the issue of relocation is mentioned.

I hope to have the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my qualifications and your company’s needs at your earliest convenience. While my family currently lives in Minneapolis, we are already in the process of moving to [company’s location]. I am confident that the timing of the move can be mutually beneficial and believe that there is much that I can contribute to the success of your team.

I am prepared to travel to meet with you for an interview at any time. Thank you again for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cover letters help your job application stand out to a hiring manager. Here's what a good cover letter looks like in 2024 .

Express interest in video conferencing or phone interviews

When employers know that you’re either in the process of relocating or have expressed a willingness to do so, they are often open to conducting an interview via the phone or a video conference. It is important to also mention in your cover letter that you’re available for those options too. Be sure to include your email and other video conferencing information in your cover letter to aid in any interview scheduling process.

Writing a relocation resume: tips

To help you craft your own relocation resume, we’ve compiled some simple, step-by-step tips that you can use. As you create each section of the resume and add your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements, remember to focus on the value that you can offer to employers.

1.     Start with your contact information

Your resume should begin with your contact details, right at the top of the page. That includes your first and last name, city and state, phone number, email, and professional social media URL (LinkedIn). These details are critical since employers will need to be able to find this information if they want to schedule interviews or contact you with job offers. Add a brief mention of your willingness to relocate here.

2.     Craft a job title headline

This headline should include the job you’re seeking, along with some descriptive language to help highlight your unique value as a potential hire. For example: Results-focused Marketing Manager with 10 Years of Leadership Experience.

3.     Create a summary section

Some people like to think of this three to five-sentence paragraph as the resume’s equivalent of a salesperson’s elevator pitch. It should briefly highlight your key skills, at least one measurable achievement, and relevant experience in the industry and role.

4.     List your core competencies or skills

Include both hard and soft skills in this important section. Always make sure that you analyze the job posting and role description to identify the key abilities that the employer is seeking. The language used in the job posting will often include keywords that you need to insert into your resume to get past applicant tracking system, or ATS – so try to use those exact terms in your skill section.

5.     Detail your professional history

Of course, your resume also needs to include information about your work experience . List your relevant experience in reverse chronological order, starting with your current position. Include the job title, company name, and dates of employment. For each position, also add four or five bullet point examples of measurable achievements to help employers see the type of value that you can provide as a new hire.

6.     Include information about your education

Your educational section should include the name of the school you attended and the dates of attendance. Add the degree that you obtained, along with any relevant coursework. You can also include additional instruction, certifications, continuing education, and other educational achievements that can bolster your qualifications for the position.

Depending on the job you’re seeking and your skills, experience, and achievements, you may also want to include additional sections . These sections could include:

Groups or other professional affiliations you may be involved with

Notable projects that you’ve completed

Job-related activities

Publications or research that you’ve completed

You’re here, your dream job is there, go get it

The fact is that you can – and should – mention that you’re willing to relocate in your resume and cover letter. You need to communicate that you're serious about the move and ensure that your resume presents you as the most qualified candidate for the job.

Unless you're applying for a remote job, competing against local talent is always difficult for out-of-state candidates. With the right resume and cover letter, however, you can level the playing field. And that can improve your chances of landing that job!

Good luck with your job search!

Need help showing that you’re willing to relocate in your resume? The resume experts at ZipJob can help! Get your free resume review today and get on the path to improving your job search results.

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During Ken's two decades as a freelance writer, he has covered everything from banking and fintech to business management and the entertainment industry. His true passion, however, has always been focused on helping others achieve their career goals with timely job search and interview advice or the occasional resume consultation. When he's not working, Ken can usually be found adventuring with family and friends or playing fetch with his demanding German Shepherd. Read more resume advice from Ken on  ZipJob’s blog .

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Ask Amanda: How Do I Mention Relocation in My Cover Letter?

6 min read · Updated on October 20, 2021

Amanda Augustine

Each week, TopResume's career advice expert, Amanda Augustine, answers user questions like the one below from Quora and our Ask Amanda form. A certified professional career coach (CPCC) and resume writer (CPRW), Amanda has been helping professionals improve their careers for nearly 15 years. Have a question for Amanda? Submit it here .

Q: How do I address my desire to relocate for work in my cover letter and resume?

I'm about to start a job search and want to relocate. How do I approach the subject of relocation in my cover letter and resume? — April

Great question, April! Before you update your resume and cover letter for a long-distance job search, I suggest doing some online research to determine which job markets are healthy and have a decent number of job openings in your desired field. It's not enough to know you want to relocate to somewhere warm — search your favorite job boards to get a better sense of which locations not only meet your personal needs but also have a high demand for professionals in your line of work. Your current location will be less of an issue when your talents are in high demand.

Once you've narrowed your search to a few locations, dig a little deeper to determine which is the right place for you to live. Reach out to friends and friends-of-friends who live in the area and can give you the inside scoop on what it's like to live and work there. If possible, visit each city to get a feel for each area.

Also, make sure you can afford to move to each location. Use resources like Salary.com's customized salary reports and NerdWallet's cost of living calculator to estimate the salary range you can expect to earn in each location and determine if it will be enough for you to live comfortably in that area.

How to discuss relocation in your resume

Apply these relocation tips to your resume and LinkedIn profile, where applicable.

Edit the location details

If you've narrowed your search to a specific locale, include the city, state, and zip code in your contact details at the top of your resume. If you haven't worked in this city before, consider removing the location information for your employers within your resume's Work History section.

Update your resume professional summary

Take advantage of the professional summary section of your resume, space previously reserved for your resume objective statement , to address your desire to relocate. Include a blurb similar to the following toward the end of your summary: “Interested in relocating to the greater [location] area.” You can take it a step further and mention that you're “willing to relocate to [location] at own expense” to demonstrate to employers how serious you are about making such a move. If you're still on the fence about relocating for work, leave a line like this out until you've done your research and found a specific location that interests you and is a realistic option, given your career and the location's current job market.

Emphasize other aspects of your employers

Consider adding a one-line company description underneath each employer listed on your resume that highlights the aspects each has in common with the companies you're currently targeting for your job search. This could be anything from the company's size to its industry to the types of customers it serves. The idea is to downplay the location of each employer by emphasizing other attributes that are relevant to your desired employer.

Related: How to Build an Employer 'Dream List' for Your Job Search

How to discuss relocation in your cover letter

Your cover letter and the summary section of your LinkedIn profile are great places to add personal details about your desire to relocate that would seem out of place on a resume.

While technology is making the world smaller and smaller, employers still tend to favor local candidates over out-of-towners when all else is equal. Why? Because non-local candidates typically cost more money to hire (i.e. relocation costs) and are often considered more of a flight risk. Use your cover letter to dispel any false assumptions an employer may have about your decision to relocate.

Highlight your history

If you previously worked or studied in the area, or if you have family living there, incorporate these facts into your cover letter. This information shows employers that you're already familiar with the location and will be comfortable living there. In other words, you've already begun to lay down roots and are less likely to jump ship as a result.

Demonstrate your research

If you haven't lived in the location before, show the employer that you've done your homework on the area. When explaining why you're interested in the opportunity, drop in a detail or two that demonstrates what you've learned about the location and why it makes the position more appealing. By exhibiting the research you've done on the area, you're showing the employer how serious you are about relocating.

Indicate your family's support

While you don't necessarily want to go into the nitty-gritty details of your family, it doesn't hurt to mention that “My family and I are committed to relocating to [location]” to show your family's support of the move. If you're relocating because your spouse or partner was transferred to this location for work, be sure to specify this in your cover letter, as it may alleviate any fears the employer has about your genuine interest in relocation.  

How to approach relocation in your cover letter and resume

Once you've updated your job-application materials to demonstrate your commitment to relocation, focus on developing a strong network of connections in your desired city to help you sidestep the ATS software and put your application directly into the hands of the recruiter or hiring manager.  

Click on the following link for more tips for conducting a long-distance job search .

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A Persuasive Relocation Cover Letter Example

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How do you approach the idea of relocation with potential employers? It is a challenging subject to be certain. For one thing, covering relocation expenses does increase the cost of hiring an employee. Further, there’s risk a potential employee is making if the desire to relocate to a new area is  a rash decision. This could lead to quick turnover.

All of these factors can make it difficult to convince a potential employer that you are a great candidate for relocation. Hence, you will need to come up with valid responses to those potential risks and objections, and ensure the employer about your seriousness. The best place to brook that subject is your cover letter. 

This post contains several tips to help you get it done, along with a sample relocation cover letter.

How to Mention Relocation in a Cover Letter?

You have two options to mention relocation in a cover letter:

  • In the opening paragraph — works better if you upload a formal cover letter with your address in the letterhead
  • At the end of your letter — a better option for email cover letters and less formal submissions. 

In either case, don’t make relocation the focal point of your letter. That prime spot is reserved for your interest in the positions and competitive skills. 

Here’s how to mention relocation at the beginning of your cover letter:

“In 2018, I first learned about your company’s mission of improving diversity at the Anual Marketing Award and was very impressed with your campaign results (belated congrats on the 2nd place). At my current position with Civil Corps, I was in charge of promoting the company’s D&I program too and managed to negotiate coverage in VOX, Techcrunch, and CBNC. I believe I could achieve the same results for your company too. I’m in the process of relocating to Denver, I was very excited to learn that Maxwell Corps is looking for a new PR manager.” 

And here’s another sample for highlighting relocation at the end of your cover letter:

“I’d be eager to provide more context of my achievements during the interview. Would you like me to share my calendar so that we could schedule a Zoom interview? I’m relocating to Denver in a month and would appreciate the opportunity to do a remote interview. However, I’m also open to traveling for an on-site interview if that works better for you. Thank you again for your consideration.” 

How to Write a Relocation Cover Letter

Similar to other types of cover letters, a relocation letter should have the same standard structure: opening paragraph, main body, and concluding paragraph. 

However, to make your cover letter for relocation more compelling, try this:

  • Open with a lead on your qualifications 
  • Highlight your interest and enthusiasm for the position 
  • Discuss your most relevant skills in the body of the letter
  • Show your passion and commitment for a new location
  • Be forthcoming about your current location and decision to relocate
  • Don’t overexplain — instead talk about your flexibility with interviewing 

Now let’s zoom in on each step! 

Lead With Your Qualifications – End With Your Relocation

You should definitely disclose that you will be relocating. What you shouldn’t do is lead with that information. Instead, cover your aptitude, talents, and qualifications. Describe why you are a good fit, and how interested you are in the announced opportunity. 

As you close your cover letter, mention that you will be relocating if you are offered the position. Or suggest that you could start working remotely and then relocate. If you’ve written the rest of your cover letter successfully, the hiring manager may very well be eager to move forward with the application process.

Show a Strong Interest in The Position Along With Relevant Skills

Your best chance at landing a job in another place is by proving that you are so qualified that you are worth any relocation expenses. That’s why you must indicate that you understand the position, have researched the company, and can show how your skills make you the ultimate candidate for the job at hand. 

Give specific examples of your accomplishments. Match your skills with the requirements of the position you are applying for. Wondering how to frame that for your industry? Refer to other cover letter examples on our website. Betcha we already covered your niche!

Don’t Over Explain or Apologize

It is perfectly acceptable to apply for jobs in other locations. You should be honest and clear about this, but avoid going into needless detail as you attempt to explain or apologize for your employment requirements. Don’t spend more than a line or two mentioning the relocation. Avoid using words like ‘sorry’ or ‘apologize’ when you bring up this subject.

You should also avoid revealing any personal information that might make things uncomfortable. For example, avoid disclosing that you are relocating due to a divorce.

Don’t Obscure Your Current Location

Some people believe that you shouldn’t share where you are currently located. This is generally not the best advice to follow. 

Because it is standard to include contact information on your resume and cover letter, leaving it off can definitely arouse suspicion. Avoid creating any red flags, and include your contact information like you normally would. You also don’t want to make it seem as if you were hiding information or being misleading.

Show Your Passion and Commitment to The New Location

If the hiring manager believes that you have some connection to or passion for their location, they will be more likely to believe you are a viable candidate. Learn about the community in which you plan to work. Mention in the cover letter that you are excited about the possibility to relocate. Share what it is that makes you excited about the possibility of moving.

Mary F.

A Sample Cover Letter For a Relocation in .docx Format

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A Relocation Cover Letter Example – Text Format

Dear Charlotte Williams,

My name is Davis Ninja, I am a certified public accountant with three years of experience as an auditor working for a Fortune 500, technology firm. I am very interested in the position of Chief Accounting Officer at Logistics International. I believe that I have the skills and background that make me a perfect fit for this job.

It is my understanding that Logistics International is facing many new challenges as it expands into the Southeast Asian markets. Because I have led my current employer through a similar expansion, I have both the professional skills and international connections to do the same for Logistics International. Let me handle the job of ensuring that your company is in compliance with international, finance regulations so that you can focus your energies on other matters.

I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my qualifications further. I will be traveling to your area within the next two weeks. This is when I will begin the process of searching for apartments as I make arrangements to relocate to your area from my current residence in Tampa, FL. Please be assured that I am capable of handling all relocation matters myself.

Davis Ninja, CPA

Another Example of Cover Letter for Relocation

Dear Nancy Reeves,

My name is Danielle Ninja, and I am an experienced, wildlife biologist specializing in freshwater ecology. Dr. Erica Green, a mutual friend of ours, informed me that you were looking for a scientist to manage the expansion of the state of Illinois Fisheries Management and Ecology Program into the Chicago area. I’ve reviewed the requirements for the job, and believe that I would be a perfect fit.

I am currently employed as a fisheries research technician for the state of Michigan. My work is primarily in the upper peninsula. The duties include taking and testing water samples from rivers and other waterways, observing and recording behaviors of fish and other vertebrate and invertebrate animals living in and around the water, capturing and tagging fish using various methods, and ensuring that all wildlife is handled humanely. I also record and organize all data for submission to the University of Michigan.

As I understand, my duties would essentially be the same with some additional supervisory responsibilities. I am confident I can take those on, as I have led several internship programs over the past three years.

Before I sign off, I want to assure you that I am aware that I will be required to relocate if I accept this position. This is something I am prepared to do. Thanks to friends and family in the area, I will be able to secure housing immediately and plan on looking into permanent arrangements upon receiving a job offer.

Danielle Ninja

Should You Put Relocation on a Resume Too?

Yes, it’s better to be forthcoming about your relocation plans. Hiring managers will appreciate a heads-up on your current location and will try to accommodate the interview process accordingly. The best way to mention relocation on a resume is the header area. Add a quick line to your resume tagline or summary. This way every reader of your resume (and there may be several!) will immediately understand your situation and weigh on the decision to call you in. 

What is a Fair Relocation Package?

A standard employer relocation package covers some of the costs of moving for the candidate. However, the exact package “content” differs a lot depending on the industry, position, and other benefits offered. Typically, employers either issue a cash allowance for relocation or offer other monetary perks such as temporary housing, pre-paid storage units, assistance with hiring a moving company, or travel costs reimbursement. Some international companies such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM among others also provide assistance for family members and cover a wider range of relocation costs. If the employer advertises a relocation package, ask them directly about what’s included.

How Do You Negotiate a Better Relocation Package?

Before you enter relocation package negotiation do an honest assessment of your needs. How much financial costs will you incur? Will you need to break an expensive lease or sell a property? Are you moving to a more competitive housing market where apartment search can take a while? Jot down your basic list of needs. Then approach HR and ask them to provide an overview of what their organization could cover. 

If some costs don’t overlap, but other perks are provided, think about how you feel about compromising. If the package clearly doesn’t cover enough, prepare your case. Appeal to the fact that the hassle of relocation (and searching for an apartment for instance) can delay your start date or make you less productive during the onboarding period. Share some of your ideas about how the employer’s assistance could help you get settled in the new role faster and start generating value for the business. Most will agree to meet you at least halfway (as long as your demands are adequate).

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Remember that a ninja moves effortlessly. Your task is to prove to hiring managers that your relocation needs will be a non issue. Next, show your passion and skill. Finally, provide assurance that you are able to cover relocation expenses. That’s the recipe for a strong relocation cover letter. 

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4 Must-Dos For Your Relocation Cover Letter

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It’s a challenge many job seekers face. You want to move to a new city, but you need a guaranteed paycheck before you make the big jump. So you look for opportunities on local job boards and send out applications.

But here’s the problem:  employers have a distinct bias against long-distance job candidates.

It’s an uphill climb, but there are things you can do to improve your chances of landing an interview. You’ve got to convince the employer that interviewing and hiring you will be nearly as easy as any local candidate. And it all starts with a solid relocation cover letter.

In addition to everything else you need to include in your cover letter, make sure you tackle, head-on, the challenges related to your relocation. You want to do this, briefly, in the final paragraph of your letter, after you explain how awesome you are and how you’ll solve all the employer’s problems.

Here the four things you want to include in any relocation cover letter

1. Explain why you are moving

There’s a big difference between applying for a far-flung job and actually packing up your belongings and moving to that new town.  Sometimes our dedication to a big move wavers when the opportunity arrives.

This is one reason employers may be skeptical of out-of-town applicants; they question whether you are really serious about the move. That’s why it serves you to be crystal clear about the reason for your move.

You don’t need to go into a lot of details—remember, real estate on your cover letter is precious—but provide enough information to show that your desire to move isn’t some flight of fancy. The more concrete your reasons, the better. The goal is to show the employer that your move is a done deal.

Here are some things you could say:

“After a decade in Washington, DC, I’m looking for opportunities to return to my hometown, Cleveland.” “I moving to Tampa to be closer to my family, who all live in the area.” “My husband recently accepted a position at UCLA, and we’re moving to Los Angeles later this month.” “I’m marrying an Oregonian this summer, and we’re relocating to Portland in August.”

Reasons like “I like the way-of-life in Tucson” or “I loved Austin when I visited last year” carry less import with employers. While these sentiments may be true, they lack the stickiness that makes your move a done deal.

2. Give a date or time frame

The best way to ease an employer’s mind that you are really moving is to provide a date for your arrival. Again, this is why a concrete reason for a move is so helpful.

Organizations hire because they have a problem and they need help ASAP. Often, that puts a premium on candidates who are available to start immediately. A hiring manager might be willing to wait for a stellar candidate but their patience won’t last forever. You have to explain exactly how long they’d have to wait to bring an awesome candidate, like you, onto their staff.  A firm arrival date (hopefully in the not-too-distant-future) can put the hiring manager’s mind at ease.

If you don’t have an arrival date, share how quickly you could relocate, if offered the position. The faster you can make the move, the better—just remember to to be realistic in your projection.

Identify the resources or connections you have that could best facilitate a move. Again, this can be done in one sentence:

“I can start within two weeks of a job offer, as I already have family in the Wichita area.” “I’m willing to commute from Sacramento, until I move to closer to the Bay area.”

3. Explain how you can interview

Another perceived challenge with out-of-town applicants, from the employer’s perspective, is how they’ll interview you. Hiring managers are used to the traditional interview process—namely, an in-person meeting in their office. Anything that varies from this path may be be alien territory.

Do not expect the hiring manager to know how they can interview you remotely. Instead, offer up your own solution for this challenge. It’s simple, just say:

“I’m available to interview by phone, Skype, FaceTime, or any other platform that is convenient for you…”

The goal here is to make the remote interview process as easy as possible for the hiring manager. The offer of a video-based communication system is particularly helpful as it more closely approximates the typical in-person experience.

4. Put an in-person visit on the table

Did you notice how my last quote ended with an ellipsis? That was intentional because you’re not going to land an offer with just a Skype chat.

Most hiring managers will want to meet you in-person at some point. And, frankly, I would warn against accepting any offer without first meeting the employer in-person. A face-to-face meeting is the best way to learn more about the organization and whether you’ll be a good fit there.

So, you need to put the offer of a visit on the table in your cover letter:

“… and I’m open to traveling to Boston for an in-person meeting, should there be mutual interest.”

This is an important addition to your earlier interview suggestion. You’re making it clear that you’re open to a visit, eventually, but only if the initial phone interview goes well. This is a gesture of good faith to the employer and shows that you’re serious about the right opportunity.

Leave unmentioned who will pay for this travel. At this point in the process, talking about money is putting the cart before the horse. Just put the idea out there and focus on your desire to learn more about each other. If there’s genuine and mutual interest after your Skype call, you’ll have more leverage for asking for travel expenses.

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How to Mention Relocating in Your Job Search and Cover Letter

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How to Mention Relocating in Your Job Search and Cover Letter

Moving can be equal parts exciting and stressful. And no matter why you’re moving, one of the things you likely have to do is find a job. Since even remote jobs often have location requirements , it would probably put your mind at ease to secure employment before the moving van drives off with your stuff!

Relocating and job searching at the same time seem daunting enough that you may just skip the job search until the last box is unpacked. But you can connect with an employer willing to hire you from afar if you mention your relocation in your cover letter the right way.

How to Mention Relocating in Your Cover Letter

Most cover letters are “standard.” You talk about your skills and experience and give concrete examples of how you’ll put those to work for the employer . But when you’re relocating, you need to reassure the employer that you won’t leave the area (and job!) in a few months or even a year. Here’s how.

Talk About the Town

Explain where you’re relocating by naming a specific town or the general area. Why? Consider California. It’s one thing to say you’re relocating to the state for the sunshine. But it’s another to say you’re relocating to San Diego, California, when you’re applying to jobs in San Francisco, California!

Make your intended location clear so the hiring manager has a better understanding of why you’re applying for the role when you don’t live there yet.

Mention Your Ties

In addition to mentioning where you’re moving to, mention any ties you have to the area.

It could be that you have family in the area or that you’ve bought a house or signed a lease. Whatever it is, use that information to demonstrate you’ve got a reason to stay put for the long haul.

Give a Time Frame

Explain when you’ll be moving or how open your schedule is prior to relocating. This can help the employer understand when you’ll be available to interview and start the job. If you have specific dates, throw those in. And if you don’t, that’s OK. You can give a range, like “end of May” or “mid-October.”

If it’s in your budget, mention that you’re willing to travel to in-person interviews at your own expense. Or, mention that you’ll be in the area over the next few weeks or months attending to other business and could arrange your schedule to be available for an interview.

That said, if you can’t afford the travel, do not worry! You can interview online before you relocate or in person once you get there.

Do You Include an Address?

In general, it’s OK to omit your address from your resume . However, if you think mentioning you signed a lease or bought a home isn’t enough to sway the employer, you can include your local address in the contact information.

More: Should You Put Your Address on Your Resume?

Where to Mention Your Relocation

So, that’s the “how” part of the equation. Now, for the where. Should you mention your relocation at the top or bottom of your cover letter?

Near the Top

Mentioning your relocation at or near the beginning of your cover letter puts that information front and center. If that’s your preference, include the details in the second or third paragraph.

Start with the introduction to your cover letter and explain why you’re applying to this role. Then, bring up your move and that this job fits into your career and relocation plans.

Toward the Bottom

It’s also acceptable to include the information at the bottom of the cover letter, usually between your final paragraph and before the closing.

The advantage of this placement is that it puts the focus on your skills and experience before the topic of relocating ever comes up. This helps reinforce that you’re a fantastic candidate for the role and could calm any fears about hiring you.

Movin’ On

Knowing you have a job waiting for you after you move can make everything before the move a little less stressful. Use these tips to craft a cover letter that helps the hiring manager understand not only why you’re applying but also why they should hire you!

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