Currently looking for a job in a few places, one of which is NYC. I’m definitely looking to relocate from where I am now (middle of nowhere in US) to a better place and have some experience under my belt.
I’ve heard that HR dings applicants without a NYC address from multiple people. How do I get around this (without moving to NYC ofcourse)? I’m trying to network around it and believe my resume/background is competitive though not top notch.
If I don’t find anything should I just pack my bags and try to find something in person?
I can say from experience it was difficult bc hr / managers realize the huge difference coming from a small town to NYC can be on a potential candidate. Is there any way you could crash with your friends?
Just to preface, this was on one occassian where I had a family member bring me into the hiring equation (I’ve been working in nyc ever since) - but that person stated they usually don’t hire from outside regions because they’ve had situations where a recent hire from outside of ny would come on board, realize the city life wasn’t right for them, and leave. One method of helping the situation may be to just express how much you want to live in NYC, perhaps somehow bring that up during the small talk portion before the actual interview.
My problem has been getting the foot in the door… or past HR. I am very critical about myself, but truly believe I am at least competitive enough to get a first round at places that I’ve applied to and have expressed myself well on paper (ty Numi).
One story that I heard from a friend in NYC was that his firm sorted people into multiple buckets: Good candidates, bad candidates, and non-NYC candidates.
Agree with this. When I was hiring a junior analyst, of the 40 candidates we decided to interview, 37 were from NYC. Only one of the other three made it past the phone screening, and only because we needed more female candidates. The hassle of processing her travel reimbursement alone made me reconsider interviewing anyone else from out of town.