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Been almost 4 months since I posted, sorry for the delay, the last thing I want to do when I get home is fire up my computer....

I will be heading into recruiting season in the fall and am hoping to land a job in the Big 4. I attend school in a different part of the country than where I am from because I am currently in the Air Force and attend school in the city where I am stationed. I will be ending my military tour with degree in hand (hopefully a job in hand as well), but, how do I go about landing a job back home, or in any other location for that matter? I do not want to live where I am but it seems that the recruiters will be trying to find candidates to work in the area, and not go out of their way to help someone land a job on the other side of the country. Should I try to interview where I want to work? How would I get in contact with those recruiters as the whole process seems to happen through the University? Is it possible to go through the recruiting/interviewing process in more than one city? 

Recruiters are wary of hiring people for their offices if there is more than a 25% chance that they will eventually leave the city. Recruiting is a big investment and so they'd want to invest in those individuals that they think will stay in a specific office long term. The interview applications usually do allow you to pick your top three cities in order of preference, and you can focus on one city while interviewing in another city. They'd usually want you to fly to the city you want to work in to see if you'd be a good fit in that office, since every office culture can be different. So go through your university career site but make it abundantly clear on the application that you wish to work in specific cities that you pick out, and also be willing to explain why.


Anonymous said…
Does this advice apply to people trying to get in as an experienced hire? Are recruiters still as hesitant to give you a chance if you are in a different state?
notfordisplay said…
You have a much better chance if you are an experienced hire, since recruiting can construe this as you applying because you want to move to a different state. That's how you should spin your application.

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