Why do you need a specific relocation cover letter?
Think of this challenge that companies face when scanning through hundreds of resume submissions, and put yourself in the shoes of that person and ask yourself this question.
Why should a company hire someone from outside the city, when a person with the same skills is available locally (which only get's more complicated for those of us over 50).
You will need to find a way to make yourself look like a more attractive job applicant than your competition.
You’ve been pouring over job listings for months, and you’ve finally found a position that really excites you. The only problem is it’s in a different city.
How will you make yourself stand out from the local talent?
When companies are recruiting, they look first at the candidates who are locally available...so is mentioning relocation in a cover letter even a good idea? Yes!!!
The most important part of any cover letter should be to include details about your skills, your qualities and how you intend to benefit the company. Talk about your qualifications, your specific talents, and aspects of your personality that will make the hiring manager see you as a top candidate for the job.
Remind them that while you may not be in the city in which they are recruiting, good companies select top talent regardless of location. If you looking in advance of you actually relocating. Then explain that there would be no cost to them as you already in the process of moving, and do not seek any relocation assistance.
When you are in a different city, the company may not have an opportunity to see you, which can make it harder to create a great first impression. All they have is your cover letter and your resume. While your resume is important, your relocation cover letter is where you really need to convince a company to consider you over other applicants.
This is where you really sell yourself and create your unique personal brand.
Think of the company as your customer, and you are the product that you are trying to convince them they need.
Let them know how you will benefit the company, (this is where those of us over 50 can shine, as many of our younger completion don't have the same extensive background you have to build on). Make sure they know that they will not incur any additional costs or hassles by choosing someone from another city.
The last thing you want is for a company to feel as though hiring you might be a burden. You want them to put your relocation cover letter and resume on the top of the stack that is accumulating in their office, not in the trash.
(INSERT YOUR FULL FORMAL NAME)
1234 Any Street
Huntington, NY 11734
(INSERT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS)
Home: (INSERT YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER)
Cell: (INSERT YOUR CELL NUMBER)
(INSERT DATE HERE)
Mr. John Burns
1234 Any Street
Huntington, NY 11734
Dear Mr. Burns:
Self-Motivated Advertising Executive with Excellent Marketing Skills Wishes to Make Meaningful Contributions to a Growing Organization. (Use your own specific skills as they relate to the position for which you are applying.)
This letter is in reference to your job listing for (specific position for which you are applying) that was advertised online (provide the name of the specific website.)
I have (number of years) of experience in the (name of industry) industry, working with (name of previous company). (Use this paragraph to highlight your specific skills and qualifications.)
I will be relocating to (name of the city to which you want to move) as my spouse has been transferred there to manage an entire branch of his current organization. (Insert your own reason in the last sentence, but be honest. You could also say that you believe the job opportunities will be greater for you there.) I am presently located in (name of city) but am willing to incur all the expenses that might be involved in relocating.
I will be in (desired city) between (date) and (date). You may call me at 123-555-4567 to arrange a meeting to discuss the position in accordance with my experience and your requirements. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration.
Michael A. Smith