If the job isn’t going to come to you, sometimes you have to go to the job. Relocation is often an option that is disregarded, but in today’s world, it shouldn’t be.
When is the best time in your career trajectory to consider it? It all depends on what you need. Perhaps you are looking to move up in your company and that means heading to a new location. Or maybe you are just starting out and want to go where the most options are. Or, maybe you have been job hunting in your current location with no luck. Any of those scenarios — from someone who is new to someone who is established — can be reasons for relocation.
Relocation can open doors to advancement — new opportunities, new coworkers, and an exciting new town. But it also can introduce a host of quandaries, from who pays for the moving expenses to how you adjust to your new town.
If you’re being wooed, by all means make sure you negotiate as much as you can in terms of financial assistance with moving and relocation assistance for you and your family to find the right schools, doctors, neighborhoods and more.
But what if you are the one who is trying to relocate for your own benefit? It’s vital to neutralize any potential fears the hiring manager has over your geography. Sometimes you have to be the one to invest in travel and offer to move yourself to ensure that you are as attractive a candidate as someone who already works for the company or is already located in the area of choice. Proving your flexibility and ability to thrive in new situations can be the key to showing your potential employer that you are the right choice regardless of where you currently live.
Whether you are being moved or looking to move, today’s wired world means there are almost unlimited resources for you to learn more about your new town. While the company is likely to help you with many details and give you vital information, nothing can substitute for doing some research on your own. Reach out on social media to see if people you know have contacts there. Do sleuthing into everything from the weather to the cultural vibe — is it family oriented? Artsy? Outdoorsy? Make sure that the prevailing culture fits with your preferences.
And while visiting someplace is far different from living there, it is an excellent first step to make sure that you can be comfortable there. Because the truth is, while your career is important, so is your out-of-work happiness, and you need to make sure that you and your family can thrive in the new location.
In today’s increasingly mobile society, relocation can often be part of career success and being open minded to new possibilities can put you on the road to advancement.