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How to Write a Relocation Cover Letter

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Applicants use a relocation cover letter to express interest in an organization that would require relocating to be able to accept the job. It can influence the employer to give you a chance to interview with them and answer any logistical questions they have. This article explains the steps for writing a relocation cover letter to open up additional job opportunities.

Why do you need a relocation cover letter?

Writing a relocation cover letter is important if you’re looking for work in another city, state or country. Make sure to address why an employer should invest time and resources in you. A relocation cover letter answers questions about your location before you step into an interview room with an employer. 

How to write a relocation cover letter

Here are some steps you can follow to write and format a relocation cover letter: 

1. First, provide your contact information 

Give the employer the necessary contact information so they can contact you directly if they’re interested in your candidacy. Add your first and last name, physical address, city, state, zip code, a phone number and an email address before moving on to the next step. 

Example:

Philip Stanley
302 Grover Drive
Smithtown, NY 11780 
555-555-5555
pstanley@email.com

2. Second, list the date you’re submitting your cover letter and the organization’s details 

Leave a space after your contact information and list the date you’re sending the cover letter. Target the letter to the human resources director or hiring manager. You’ll need to add the company’s information under the HR contact’s name. 

Example:

January 3, 2020

Ms. Janet O’Malley 
Human Resources Manager 
Flash Content Agency 
650 South Franklin Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804

3. Third, write an opening greeting 

The opening greeting formally initiates the dialogue you’re having with the employer.

Example:

‘Dear. Ms. O’Malley’

4. Fourth, state the reason why you’re writing a relocation cover letter 

You’re writing the cover letter to show your interest in the position you are applying for. Showing your interest is vital, so the employer knows from the beginning that you’re committed to working for them. You also want to show that you know the steps you need to take will differ from accepting a position in your area. 

Example:

‘Flash Content Agency’s recent job posting for the Sales Manager position has attracted my interest. It’s been my goal to move to the Sunshine State, and I think this the right opportunity for me. I believe the skills and experience I have make me a qualified candidate for this position. I have attached my resume to be further considered for this role.’

5. Fifth, list the skills you bring to the position you’re applying for

After you list why you’re interested in the position, provide evidence of your experience that demonstrates your qualifications as a candidate. Use quantifiable statistics when possible to draw attention to the results you’ve produced for other organizations. 

Example:

‘Some of the skills and experience that I can offer include:

  • 5 years of experience selling content services to clients 
  • Responsible for the increase of customers by 20 percent annually over the last three years 
  • Extensive knowledge of lead generation and sales cycles 
  • Robust technological, interpersonal and problem-solving skills 
  • A team-oriented mindset that focuses on the company’s success’

6. Next, state when you’ll be visiting the area

Reiterate how your contributions will be valuable to the organization and show your interest in speaking with them directly in addition to the next time you’re in the area. 

Example:

‘Again, I believe that my expertise in sales would allow me to become a vital member of the team at Flash Content Agency. I would like to speak with you further about this opportunity, and how I can be in service to the organization. I am available for travel to meet in person, so please advise the best time to meet regarding the open Sales Manager position.’

7. Finally, finish your cover letter and conclude with a salutation and your name

Complete the cover letter with a short conclusion, along with a salutation and your name. You can use the conclusion to show your willingness to move to the city where the job is located to demonstrate your commitment. 

Example:

‘As I plan to relocate to Orlando, I am prepared to cover any relocation costs. 

Thank you for your consideration for this position.

Sincerely,
Philip Stanley’

Relocation cover letter template

Here’s a relocation letter template that you can use as a guide to write your own: 

[First and Last Name]
[Physical Address]
[City, State and Zip Code]
[Phone Number]
[Email Address]

[Date of when the application is sent to the employer]

[Dear First Name and Last Name of the Human Resources Director or Hiring Manager],

[Beginning of the body paragraph. State your interest in relocating for this job opportunity. State that you’re the right for the position and refer to your resume as well.] 

[Discuss the skills and experience that make you a qualified candidate for the position. You can list them in bullet points or in paragraph form.]

[Reiterate your confidence that the position is the right fit for you and express that you want to speak with them in person. List specific dates that you’ll be in the area for them to meet with you.]

[Conclude by showing your willingness to relocate and thank them for considering your candidacy for this position.]

[Sincerely,
First and Last Name]

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