Why Your Willingness to Relocate Needs to Be Clearer

by | Jul 16, 2021

Wouldn’t it be great if that perfect role you’re looking for is just down the street? The hard truth is when starting your career, you’ll probably be faced with a decision to relocate or not at some point. That perfect role may not even be in your state, it may be across the country, or a few cities over. Wherever it is, if it is not where you are currently located, you’ll need to decide if making that move is worth it. More importantly, you’ll need to make it clear if you’re open to relocating or not when searching for careers. 

Candidates all over the country are applying and getting ready to get back to work and more importantly start their careers, which is great! Though this is great news, many candidates are not making it clear during the interviewing and hiring process if they’re willing to relocate or not. If relocating is something you’re seriously considering you need to make it known to hiring managers and in your applications. Your willingness to relocate may be the determining factor for you landing the role or not. Below are some things to note and tips when relocation comes into play and why making this known is important. 

If you are living in an area outside of where a company is headquartered, make sure that your resume has the city that you are willing to relocate in.

This right out of the gate let’s recruiters know that you are interested in accepting positions in another area, which can help them locate more opportunities for you within the company. If you’ve already decided that you want to relocate, the simplest way to communicate this is to put it in your resume! 

Always check to see if the position is remote, or the company is open to offering remote work for the role.

When looking over job postings, you should check if the position is remote or in person. With the adaptations to COVID more and more companies are offering remote work, so be sure to look out for this when filling out your applications. 

Many companies require that you relocate within 30 days of your acceptance to the role.

Keep this in mind if you are unwilling or unable to move quickly. There may be companies that give you a little more time to move and get adjusted but it’s best to estimate about 30 days out.

As well as above, many companies require you to pay your own relocation expenses and any fees you incur while relocating. 

This can be a turn off for some people who may not have the funds on hand or available to just up and move, but this is extremely important when considering if you’d like to relocate or not. Just like before, some companies are different and may cover a portion of your relocating fees, but to be on the safe side, budget as if you’re paying for it yourself. 

There are lots of other factors that can play into whether relocation may be right for you, and if you’re at a point in your career where you cannot relocate or feel as though it isn’t the best for you career wise, it’s perfectly fine to look for roles closer to where you’re already located. The decision isn’t an easy one and should be thought over carefully before accepting any role, here are some things to think about if you’re still straddling the fence on relocation. 

Think about your advancement in the company 

Is this a role in which you can advance? Will you be getting what you desire from the role experience wise? When you start to think about relocation for work you must ask yourself some hard questions to figure out if this move is right for you. Think about how you can grow and your future within the company. This is a great question to ask during your interview even if you’re not considering relocating! While you may be getting a hefty salary in the start, make sure there is also a clear pathway to achieve promotions and raises down the line. 

Consider how this will affect the relationships around you and family

If you’re someone who is right out of college, single, and doesn’t have any children you really don’t have much to think about here. For those of you who are the opposite, you need to consider how this move will affect those around you like your children, if they’re in school how will this move affect them? If you are married to someone who also works you must consider your spouse’s career as well. Try having a sit down with your family and talk things out to see how everyone feels about the move and if there can be an agreement that satisfies everyone. 

Cost of living vs Salary

While $70K in somewhere like St. Louis or Dallas may be enough to live comfortably, the same can’t be said for somewhere like New York or Los Angeles where the cost of living will be significantly higher. It’s important not to just look at salaries and numbers but to do your research on any area you’d be willing to relocate to and see just how much the average cost of living is. That means researching the cost of housing, gas, groceries, etc. 

With all these things in mind, remember not to rush your decision as it’s a big one that can change your life. Use good judgement and with the knowledge you possess, it’ll make it much easier to make the right decision for you and your career going forward.

By Alex Williams

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