Over 11% of working age Americans moved to a new county, state, or country last year.
The number is higher for executive job seekers. 25% of my resume clients relocated for new jobs during 2016.
If you want to move, don’t use your current location on your LinkedIn profile. Use your desired location instead. And don’t put your address on your resume.
Companies Love Local Candidates
Locations and addresses matter because most hiring managers want to hire local candidates. It costs less to interview them, they don’t have to spend money to move them, and it’s assumed they’re likely to be stable employees.
When a company relocates a new hire, there’s a risk they won’t like their new location.
Moves can also cause family problems when a spouse or kids find themselves unhappy in a new city. That often makes for a short-term employee because trailing family members who aren’t happy have a way of issuing ultimatums about moving back home.
Because of the above-mentioned factors, many employers shy away from national searches. They often start with local searches and only look beyond their area when they can’t find good local candidates.
Recruiters Restrict Their LinkedIn Searches by Area
This means when their recruiters go to LinkedIn to look for candidates, they restrict their searches by zip code. Thus, if your profile isn’t coded with one of their local zip codes, they will NEVER find you. And that doesn’t help you get a job before you move, does it?
Last year, I worked with an engineer who wanted to move from the Research Triangle to Southern California.
When we prepared his resume and LinkedIn profile, we talked about which location to use for him – North Carolina or San Diego. He chose North Carolina because he didn’t want to signal his boss that he wanted to move to San Diego.
He called me after a few weeks and said he wasn’t getting any play for jobs in Southern California.
He decided to take a risk with his boss and change his LinkedIn profile location to San Diego. Almost immediately, he had a new job in Southern California. The recruiter found him via LinkedIn.
As my italics highlight, this strategy involves some risk. In my client’s case, moving was more important to him than perhaps fielding some awkward questions from his boss. You have to decide what works for you.
You Must Be Findable by Your Target Employers
If you want to change jobs (now up to 85% of us), then you must be findable on LinkedIn. If you’re not findable, why bother with a profile?
June 2018 Update
Check the Comments below for Sergio Avila’s note dated 6/5/18 and my response dated 6/7/18 regarding the ability to now note aspirational locations on your LinkedIn profile.
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Updated June 2018
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