Increasing your chances of finding a job may require increasing the geography of your job search. Moving for a job is no small undertaking though, and here at H2H we want to prepare you for what you can expect. This week we spoke with Aaron Kraljev, the Employment Marketing Manager at Wells Fargo. We asked him a few questions about what employers expect from out of state applicants.
H2H: What can out of state job seekers do to increase their chances of standing out amongst local applicants?
Aaron Kraliev: Being the best candidate is the most effective way a job seeker can increase their chances. Pay special attention to the minimum and preferred qualifications spelled out in the job description and highlight those during the interview.
H2H: Do out of state applicants have a better chance of securing a job with a large company or a smaller one?
Aaron Kraliev: I would say they have a better chance with a larger company. The better the distribution, the more opportunities there are across different geographies. For a nationwide organization such as Wells Fargo, applicants out of state are not necessarily a detriment. Often our jobs are posted with several or flexible locations. As a rule, we are most interested in the best candidate, regardless of geography.
H2H: What is the most important thing you expect from out of state applicants?
Aaron Kraljev: Since the first interview or two will likely be over the phone, make sure you have a plan to best communicate your skills and background. Phone interviews can be tricky, and it is important to come in with a plan. Carrying out that plan will go a long way towards making a lasting impression with the recruiter.
The task of moving across the country for a job can seem like a daunting, complicated process. There are more obstacles to overcome, but in the long run a location change may be just the thing to move your career in the right direction. Have you had experience with obtaining an out of state job? Are you an HR professional with advice for job seekers? We want to hear your story!
Find out more about Wells Fargo by connecting with Aaron Kraljev on Twitter: @WellsFargo_Jobs