For people who were in one state but got a job in another state, how did you do it?

I'm interested in moving to another city, but I want to have a job before I move but I'm not sure how to do it. Will recruiters take me seriously if I'm 3,000 miles away?

For anyone who has done this before, how did you do it and how long did it take?

If you're serious, and your qualifications set you up to be a contender for the job, you'll totally be taken seriously! Sometimes, you'll even be offered a relocation package to support your move. Is this a first job for you?

The interview process can take a week or two, or months. It really all depends and can vary widely. Sounds like you're already thinking this way, but the prudent thing to do is to wait to make the move or commit to a rental agreement until you have an offer in hand. If money is a consideration for you, don't get over your ski tips, as they say!

I applied for my first job in San Francisco when I was still living in Arizona. It took a few self-funded trips out to the Bay Area - luckily my parents are in the area so I could crash at home - but it was worth it. It took two trips and the interview process was three weeks.

That said, if you get past the screening interview, it's likely they will make an exception for you and allow you to do a few of the regular in-person interviews by phone or video conferencing. That's pretty typical these days. Maybe they'll even fly you out for a round.

Good luck!