Maybe you’re currently working in a job and feel you need a change of scenery? Or You’re working in a city and state that are not your hometown and so you want to go back there? Your spouse has their eye on a huge step up, but that opportunity is on the other side of the country. Reasons are endless as to why you’re looking to interview for a job across the country. You and I both know that in today’s climate competition for jobs, especially good ones is fierce. Which means you have to fight, kick, scratch and claw to get them. Which may fill your head with some self-doubt as to whether you should pursue the cross country job. I am going to share with you a personal story about interviewing for a job across the country. And why you should absolutely pursue it.
What do you think?
Okay, here we go.
Don’t Be Intimidated By Interviewing For A Job Across The Country
In 2002 I was living in the Sunshine State (Florida for those who don’t know it’s nickname) in Jacksonville to be exact. I had been back and forth from Florida to New England since I was a youngster. New England is where I was born and spent the first 11 years of my life.
I wanted to go back to my roots. I wanted to go back and live in Massachusetts. Not only that I wanted to break into medical or pharmaceutical sales. I was in janitorial supply sales at the time. I had been doing that type of sales for 1 1/2 years, with some success, which is what I needed to break into the industry I wanted to go into.
What did I do?
I Pounded the job boards and applied to everything under the sun in that industry for open positions in Boston, MA.
I got rejection letter after rejection letter saying they were going with a local candidate instead. That didn’t stop me. I was going to do what I wanted to do, where I wanted to do it. No questions asked.
So, I continued applying and happened to get a call from a recruiter for the position I applied to in Boston, MA. The recruiter asked me why I wanted Boston, MA. I explained that I wanted to go home. The recruiter indicated they already had strong candidates for Boston, MA. Would I be interested in the same opportunity in Orlando, FL?
I emphatically said no. I want to interview for the opening in Boston, MA. That is the shot I want. As a result I was able to secure a phone interview with the hiring manager. The phone interview went well and the recruiter called me and said the hiring manager wanted to meet me face-to-face in Boston, MA. The only caveat being I had to pay for my flight up there.
Without hesitation I said no problem. I want a shot at this opportunity.
You’re probably wondering why I said interviewing for a job across the country is easy. Come on. You know nothing is easy. That was a hook to get you to click and read this inspiring story. Fact is you shouldn’t be intimidated or scared off in any way of trying to get a job on the other side of the country.
I flew up there on my own dime and won the job.
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