Thursday, August 14, 2008

the importance of place, part II

Further to my post yesterday about how where you live can affect your career opportunities, are employers less inclined to consider out-of-town applicants?

Unfortunately, if you don't live in the same city as the company, I think you are at a disadvantage. It's only natural for employers to question a few things. What are the logistics of conducting the interview? Will it be done by phone or will you fly in? How committed are you to establishing yourself in a new city, especially since you haven't already made the move? How soon will you be able to start work? Will you decide it's not the place for you shortly after starting and then quit? Perhaps employers use location as an easy filtering system.

For higher-level positions, I don't think it's as much of an issue, but I'm interested to hear what you think. Have you had to consider out-of-towners for a job? What was your reaction?

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