Lately, A and I have been getting a lot of emails about finding a job or internship in New York while living outside of New York. In our guide, you can find a post on how to land your resume in NYC. However, if you’re a savvy PR girl who has been following us for a bit, by now you know how to get your resume in the door. Many of you are concerned that your potential future employers will not believe seriously that you will move to New York for a job, or that living outside of the city puts you at a disadvantage against city-dwelling applicants.
While city girls do have an advantage since they are just a subway ride away versus a plane ride away, don’t let that dishearten you. The truth is, the best girl or guy for the job will get the job. Here are just a few ways to be clear with your job hunting that you’re willing to move for the part:
Be clear in your email with your resume that you are available to fly/drive/train/bus/ferry in for an interview – I know we’re in the age of Skype, and some employers are happy doing video chat interviews, but usually these do not fly. Most likely, if you live out of town you will be asked to do a phone interview and then it will be requested that you come in to meet multiple members of the team. If you are serious about coming to New York, work to get yourself three or four interviews within a couple days and book a trip to the city.
Show off any experience or ties to the city – I was lucky that I went to school in New York, so when I looked for internships during the summers I was home, I was able to tell my future companies that I would be just a subway ride away. If you live in the tri-state area, you should have a simple commute. If you go to school in the tri-state area and your school has a New York internship program, mention that in your interview (even if the company might not participate). Employers are put at ease if they know you have some experience with New York life, and can easily get to work. You’ll have plenty to learn at your new job without worrying about how you’re going to get there.
Start the move – I was hesitant to add this tip, because I know many of you ask if you should move to New York without the job. The answer is this: no, you should not move to New York without a job. However, you should move to New York if you have a few job prospects. Let’s say you live in Indiana and you just came to New York for an interview. You’re boarding your plane home, and you get a call saying the job is yours. Amazing! They want you to start in two weeks (as almost every company will). Now you have two weeks to quit your job at home, pack up, find an apartment and a roommate in New York, and move in. Give yourself a little bit of time. If you have a good feeling about your job hunt, things are looking positive, and you have a bit of savings, consider moving to New York before you sign on the dotted line. Though it seems stressful, it might actually help you in the long run.