It’s that time of the year where the chillier weather means much more than just the start of the winter season. We are also now in the holiday season, and the time when many people think seriously about a move to WNY (especially if you are a native of the area).

Now, I am sure we don’t have to sell you on all the great attributes of this area since you are seriously thinking about a move to WNY. This region, for a while, was a bit of an “under the radar” story for people. Now, though, the word is certainly getting out about the renaissance of the area, with new construction and business either expanding or coming into the area.

So, instead, what we are going to focus on with this week’s Job Search Tips, is what you can say or do to make a Hiring Manager more comfortable with hiring someone from outside the area rather than deciding on a candidate who is currently local.

  • Do Your Research – It typical, of course, to do your research on the company and the industry that you are interviewing. Take it a step above, by also researching the area, so that you can engage in any small talk that occurs with the Hiring Manager. This might be having a general idea of the current weather, what the Buffalo Bills did, or anything else in the headlines. This type of banter is likely happening with the local candidates and helps build rapport with the Hiring Manager, so you don’t want to miss out.
  • Explain Why – Don’t assume that the Hiring Manager does not care why you are interested in moving here, or that it is really none of their business. If it is for family reasons, then this may paint a very compelling picture regarding your values. Whatever the reason, the key is to convey that you plan to stay. You need to convince the Hiring Manager that that this is not a short-term stop, and you are committed to the your potential new role.
  • Make It Easy – A Hiring Manager would prefer to not hire a candidate that will, in the short-term, be a lot of work for them to manage. Stress to the Interviewer how ready you are for this move and that you are fully engaged in moving to the area. Hiring Managers love to hear that you plan to move here regardless of whether you land this particular job. If true, you could slip in certain tidbits of information, such as your lease will be up very shortly, or that you already have your house up for sale.
  • Know the Financial Numbers:
    • Relocation – If you have moved before, you probably have a general idea of what it will cost for you to relocate to our area. If you have not, then there are several online tools that allow you to estimate what the cost will be based on what you own, etc. Know this ahead of time and know your ability to make this move without assistance, or whether you will need the employer to help. Typically, companies will consider relocation for higher-level positions and/or superior candidates, but (of course) you will have a greater opportunity if you can make the move without needing this additional money. The easiest way to request relocation assistance (and have it approved) is to just ask for a flat amount to move your household goods, and you take care of the rest. Focus should be placed on the job postings that note that they are open for relocation, but don’t assume they are not if it is not written. Unless the company specifically writes “no relocation”, then consider it at least a possibility. On the other hand, if you can make the move without financial help, then you are still a potential candidate.
    • Compensation – Not all labor markets are equal. Just like with relocation, there are online tools that allow you to see the cost of living for any area and gives you an idea of the salary equivalent compared to where you currently reside. By knowing what salary, you will need in WNY, it will allow you to accurately assess what positions to pursue and what to do if you end up in a position to receive an offer.

The WNY area has so much to offer from still affordable housing, four distinct weather seasons, friendly people, and a growing economy. It is easy to see why individuals who have left or have just researched the area are seriously considering a move to the region. If you fit this description, then don’t forget that you are still in a competition for open positions. Not only must you convince the Hiring Manager that you are the best person for the role, but also that you are worth any “perceived” hassle that comes from you coming in from out of town. The job search tips above should assist you in constructing a communication game plan that will make your desire to move to WNY a reality.

As always, the best of luck in your job search.

The following has been prepared for the general information of WNYJobs readers. It is not meant to provide advice with respect to any specific legal or policy matter and should not be acted upon without verification by the reader.

Joe Stein WNY Human Resources Professional

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