Relocation cover letters to customize for your specific circumstances.
Whether you are planning to move or investigating the idea of relocation in order to secure a job, this relocation cover letter information will help get your resume noticed and get you that interview.
Your cover letter should persuade the potential employer that you are the best candidate for the position. Your relocation should be a non-issue for the company, with the focus firmly on your ability to do the job.
Select the relocation letter that best suits your situation and adapt it for your own use.
When writing a cover letter for relocation use these tips to help you get it right.
1. Use your current contact details
Don't confuse the situation by using the address you are relocating to. The potential employer needs to be able to contact you at your current address.
2. Explain your situation clearly and positively
Where, when and why you are relocating. Examples:
"I look forward to permanently relocating to Kansas City in July 2014 to be near my elderly parents. Your job opportunity presents the sort of career challenge I am looking for...."
"I read your advertisement for a registered nurse with interest and enthusiasm. The position seems to be a perfect fit with my skills and experience and I am open to relocation for the right job opportunity."
3. Reinforce the permanence of the relocation
Use the word permanent in your relocation cover letter to immediately reassure the employer that this is a long term move. If you are willing to relocate for the sake of the job opportunity then give a convincing reason why you would like to make the move such as a stronger economy, better lifestyle.
4. Include your availability for interviews
Plan to be in the area at certain times so you can attend interviews. Give the target company a choice of dates for the meeting rather than just one specific day. This demonstrates flexibility and a consideration for the reader's time and commitments. You can suggest an initial phone interview as an introduction.
Keep this relocation cover letter information in mind when you adapt the following sample cover letters for your own use.
Sample Relocation Cover Letters
This letter can be used when you are having to relocate and are looking for employment in the area.
Your Contact details
Mr George Harrod
Human Resources Manager
Nobel, Green and Associates
17 Park Plaza
Tampa, FL 33610
Dear Mr Harrod
I am permanently relocating to Tampa in October as my husband has accepted a job offer in the area. I read your online job posting for a legal assistant with keen interest as I believe my skills and strengths are an excellent match for this position.
Some of the key competencies I can contribute to the opportunity include:
- paralegal certification
- over 7 years experience in a legal assistant capacity in a fifteen-attorney law firm
- proven proficiency in legal research, preparation of legal documents and case materials
- excellent computer and data management skills
- a reputation as an independent worker who is able to manage multiple demands to efficiently meet deadlines
I enclose my resume for your consideration and I would welcome the opportunity to further discuss your needs and my abilities. I will be in Tampa next week or we can speak over the phone. Thank you for your time and interest.
Lesley J. Wood
Use this sample relocation cover letter when you are willing to relocate for the job opportunity.
Your Contact details
Mrs Carol Schuster
Mercy Community Clinic
1 Creswell Road
New York , NY 10025
Dear Mrs Schuster
Your recent advertisement for a Medical Office Manager has captured my interest. It has long been an ambition of mine to relocate permanently to New York and I believe this is the right job opportunity. I am confident my skills and experience are an excellent match for the position and I enclose my resume for your consideration.
Some of the strengths that I can bring to this opportunity include:
- Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE)
- 6 years experience organizing the business operations of a busy healthcare facility
- Responsible for all purpose accounting, payment processing and payroll
- In-depth knowledge of current healthcare regulations, medical laws and ethics
- Excellent computer, scheduling and information management skills
- A motivated team player who always go the extra mile
I am confident that my knowledge and expertise will allow me to make a valuable contribution to your clinic. I would enjoy speaking with you in person to explore this opportunity further and how I can best serve your needs. I will be in New York between date and date. Please contact me to arrange a convenient time for us to meet.
As I am planning to move to New York regardless, I will be responsible for any relocation costs.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
What’s the best way to end a cover letter? The closing paragraph of your cover letter should accomplish at least two goals:
- Thanking the hiring decision-maker for considering you.
- Suggesting an interview and proactively indicating that you plan to follow up your letter (and when you say you plan to follow up the letter, you need to do so) to schedule the interview.
Here we present our collection of job-seeker cover letter closers that work for job-seekers who are trying to relocate.
Closing Paragraphs for a Relocating Job-Seeker
I hope that on paper I resemble your ideal candidate. I’d very much like to discuss my qualifications further. I will contact you soon to arrange a phone interview and ultimately a meeting during an upcoming trip to [name of employer’s city]. Should you have any questions before that time, you may reach me at [phone number].
I’d like to contact you before visiting your area to pinpoint a time when we could meet to discuss the excellent fit between my background and your needs. Thanks so much for your time and attention.
I am eager to talk with you about how my qualifications would be consistent with your needs. I will contact you soon to arrange a phone interview and ultimately a meeting during an upcoming trip to [name of city]. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Because I will be in [name of city] from [date] to [date], I would like to arrange an interview during this visit. I will contact you by phone or e-mail to schedule this interview.
Between my work and life experience, along a solid education, I am certain that I am the right person for the job. I would like to further discuss the expectations involved in the position. I will call you in about a week to make sure that you have received this material, and that you have all of the information you need. I will be in your area [date] and would like to schedule a meeting at that time. Thanks for your consideration.
I’d like to meet with you to discuss adding value to [name of employer] as I’ve done for my previous employers. Please note I will be in the [name of city] area [date] through [date], and hope that we can meet during that week. I will contact you in the near future to arrange a mutually convenient meeting. I thank you for considering me for this position and look forward to meeting with you during my trip to [name of city].
Within a few days of your receiving this letter I’ll contact you to arrange a preliminary phone interview in advance of a face-to-face meeting during a visit to your area. I am looking forward to meeting with you and bringing my skills to your organization.
I am convinced that it would be mutually beneficial for us to meet. I will contact you shortly before I arrive in [name of city] to arrange an appointment. Should you wish to speak to me in the meantime, you may reach me at [phone number]. Thank you for considering my qualifications.
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Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills (Alpha). Visit her personal Website or reach her by e-mail at kathy(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.