Relocating for work can be the best or worst decision of your career depending on what it provides you, but is it for you?
Below are some factors that you should take into account when considering relocation. It can be quite a daunting task, but if you do it correctly it could be one of the best decisions that you make for your career, or it could simply be a massive learning curve for you!
The question you mainly need to focus on is this – ‘is this the best move for me and mine?’. There should be no one else pushing for you to make this decision or influence how you decide.
Negotiate relocation benefits
These benefits could include moving fees / deposit for a new home / covering the cost of selling your home / covering expenses for you to visit the new location to see if you like it / a large bonus to compensate the hassle.
These benefits should all work in your favour, as you will be the one who is having to relocate. Always make sure you ask about the benefits when discussing the relocation, you need to be assertive and take control of this area of the relocation.
Is it possible for you to commute during the week?
You could always negotiate for you to have a small budget to stay in a hotel / use a caravan.
This is an alternative option to uprooting your life when you are unsure of the decision.
Research your new home
Take your time to find out what your new location will be like – are there good schools / nightlife activities? Research your hobbies in the area, will you be able to enjoy your personal life as well as your work life in this new home?
It is always strongly advised to go and visit the location for a couple of visits to see if you are happy with the area, to see potential homes / schools / personal life activities.
Hire the right moving company
If you make the decision to relocate, you do not need the added stress of packing up your home and hauling all your stuff across the country.
Find a reliable firm that will take care of all your packing, store items if necessary, and get your new home all set up so you can find your feet easier.
Make your travel arrangements
The larger your family, the larger the travel plan. A plan will need to be formulated in order to get you, your family, any pets and vehicles to your new location. This will need to be timed with when your new home will be ready, start date for the new role and any potential school start dates.
It would always be best to travel to your new location about a week before you are due to start your new role. This would allow you time to get comfortable in your new home and get used to the new surroundings.
Attend to transitional details
This is the ‘house admin’ stage of relocating. Make sure that any gas / electric / internet contracts have been turned off in your previous home and turned on in the new home on moving day.
Ensure that you are stocked up on any prescriptions and have copies of medical records to transfer to new doctors / vets that are in your new location. Contact the doctors / vets before your moving date to see if there is anything you can sort beforehand, or get it started on a visit to the location.
Call your banks / credit card companies / important contacts to advise of change of address.
Most of these ‘house admin’ duties could be actioned during the week that you move.
Have a plan B or a probationary moving period.
Relocating for a job can be a daunting task, so it may be wise to have a backup plan with your company or discuss a period of time for you to see if this is a permanent decision you want to make.
The Willcox Matthews team is always available to offer advice should any candidate ever want to know the pros and cons of moving for a job opportunity. We have worked with multiple candidates and clients who have gone through both sides of the process. The team will always work towards getting you the best deal should you have a relocation offer.
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