Ask LH: Is Applying For Interstate Jobs A Problem?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a recent graduate who is looking for some suitable full-time employment. The only problem is, all the jobs I’m looking for are interstate. I have no qualms about moving or jumping on a plane for an interview, but should I be upfront with potential employers by putting my current location on my resume with a statement saying I’m willing to relocate? Or do I simply leave it off so I won’t get rejected right from the get go by an overzealous HR department which doesn’t want to deal with the potential hassle of hiring someone from a different state? Yours, In A State

Business hitchhiker picture from Shutterstock

Dear IAS,

Disclosing your current location could potentially lead to fewer callbacks for the reasons you’ve outlined above — but we still think honesty is the best policy. You’re going to need a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to arranging interviews, so you might as well be upfront about it. Besides, do you really want to begin your new career by indirectly lying to your new boss?

As a recent graduate, it should be evident that you’re not tied to a particular location which most companies will take into account when reviewing your resume. So it’s not necessarily a deal killer. In fact, some employers may even be impressed by your willingness to move interstate to work for them.

When it comes to organising and acing interstate interviews, there are specific strategies that it pays to be aware of. For example, you should always allow yourself extra travel time in unfamiliar cities; aim to arrive at the interview half an hour early in case you get lost. If everything goes smoothly, you can then use the extra time to de-stress and prepare mentally.

If possible, don’t fly in for the interview on the same day that it’s set to take place — this greatly increases the odds of something going wrong. The last thing you want is to be out of pocket in an interstate city with nothing to show for it. Instead, spend the night in a affordable hotel close to the interview location.

During the interview, you’re bound to get asked why you want to change locations and how you intend to make the shift. Whatever you do, don’t cite the lack of work opportunities as your primary reason for moving. Instead, have a detailed answer prepared that’s specific for each workplace.

In addition, be sure to mention any family or personal ties you have nearby, even if you don’t plan on living with them. This will help to ease the employer’s mind about your ability to settle into your new location.

If any readers have additional tips to pass on, we’d love to hear them in the comments. Good luck!


Got your own question you want to put to Lifehacker? Send it using our [contact text=”contact form”].

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

At Lifehacker, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.


5 responses to “Ask LH: Is Applying For Interstate Jobs A Problem?”