For foreign job, how to show that I know the city well with only resume?
March 19, 2020 12:58 PM   Subscribe

I am applying for a foreign job on LinkedIn. What should I do to show my interest with my familiarity with the city that the job is located? The upload system only asks for a resume so it would be the only shot before an interview where I can express more.

I visit the city quite often because friends are there but I am not local resident. I do wish to move over there one day but my resume is my only shot. I have thought about changing my profile info but I still have to keep my current location info in my profile for other opportunities. Please let me know what you think, thanks!
posted by lanhan to Human Relations (3 answers total)
Unless the job requires familiarity with the city, I would focus on familiarity with the job and, if it's a city with a different primary language than yours, the local language.
posted by mhoye at 1:15 PM on March 19

If your resume has an Objective section, can you make it reference your desire to "return to $Place" or "live in $Place full-time" in addition to describing your professional aspirations? Those phrases, unlike "relocate to," imply familiarity.
posted by carmicha at 9:55 PM on March 19

If the job is "City X tour guide", then it's fair game to list "Have spent lots of time in City X and know its streets and people well" on your resume.

If not, I'd put something in the cover letter like "I've spent lots of time in City X and am looking forward to a chance to live there full time."

I know they only ask for a resume, but I don't think a 2-page PDF with cover letter and resume would do any harm, in fact it would probably help.
posted by mmoncur at 5:29 AM on March 20

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