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Frankie King Jr
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Advancement Manager Coach at Peoria Christian School

Hello all, So my wife and I have decided to relocate to North Carolina to pursue our careers and this will be the biggest transition of our marriage! WE ARE EXCITED!!! I was a pharma rep of 10 yrs and was laid off about 3 yrs ago. Took on a couple of bucket list positions that not only provided personal fulfillment but also allowed me to hone customer service and vision-casting skillsets that may prove to be useful in many areas of sales. My goal is to transition over medical device or bio and it seems very hard to get any looks because my address currently says Illinois or they are responding back to me saying they are looking for someone “with specific experience (cardiovascular or oncology)” even the the job description clearly says entry-level...lol!!! What’s the best way to gain the attention of hiring mgrs while you are looking to relocate? We are not looking for relocation assistance. Just want the opportunity to get in front of of mgrs and present the value I can bring to their company. Thanks

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K.D. OppSecrets
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Frankie - often recruiters will pass on you if you don't live in the area. There are a couple of options. If you have relatives in the area use their address. If not you can simply list the city and state on your resume and not include a full address. Hopefully this helps.

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Delisa Hall
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Volunteer somewhere once a week to get your foot in the door!

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Sandra Parker
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This is tricky! Some employers are hesitant to follow through on out of state job applicants in order to avoid bringing relocation cost to the negotiation table. I've heard people suggest using the address of a friends or family. UPS even has PO Boxes that you can rent online. I wouldn't recommend doing that though. There's no sense in hiding that you currently live out of town. Why risk being perceived as dishonest during the hiring process. Add, “Relocating to City/State as of Date” next to the address information on your resume then go into it a little deeper on your cover letter.

Remember, the bottom line is skill and ability to get the job done. What can you bring to the company that’s so unique and important to their mission that will inspire hiring managers to consider you a strong candidate? Have you research the job market for your industry in North Carolina? How competitive are the jobs? Establish a solid online/digital presence then use it to market yourself.

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