Relocating for work
Things to consider if you're thinking about relocating for a job
Relocating for work is a big decision, so we've provided a checklist of essential things to consider before taking that step.
Relocating with your current employer
If your employer has relocated your job, check if your contract includes a ‘mobility clause'. If so, you are expected to relocate with the company within reasonable boundaries. However, if you decide not to move, you can expect a redundancy package to compensate you. Your HR team should be able to provide more advice if you are unsure. Your employer may also offer some financial and practical assistance to help with the move itself, so ask about what is available to you.
If you've chosen to relocate independently, but want to stay with your current employer, make sure there will be a job opening for you that you will be happy with. If you have already proven yourself within your organisation, they will probably do as much as they can to help find something that will work for you, but speak with your Manager or Director and HR team to establish specifics. Make sure you get written confirmation of whatever they are prepared to offer you, and we strongly recommend having this lined up before you make the move.
Choosing your location
You may have this sorted already, but if not, make sure you look into the job market in your shortlist of areas to see what opportunities there might be for someone with your experience. If you want to work in a specific niche industry, consider places which present the best choice and potential for progression. Consider getting in touch with a recruitment agency in the area you're relocating to who will be able to give you an overview of the market. Although jobs are important, make sure you also consider practical things like living costs, security, transport, schools etc, discussing these with your friends and family before making the final decision.
Applying for new jobs
Remember you'll be competing with people from the local area you're relocating to, so when applying for jobs before you move make sure you have basics like an address and postcode from that area to use on your CV (we suggest using a friend or family member's to start with if you don't have your own). In your covering letter, also include some specifics about the locality – why you want to work there, or anything you can find out about the local market. Doing your research is important so you can talk about local factors confidently in an interview.
Network in advance
The internet now means it is easy to connect with and speak to people all over the world, so take time to do this with people in your new area. They could be friends, potential employers, or just useful contacts, but they may be able to introduce you to someone who can help you. Before you move, you may well take a research trip out there, so use this time to meet with as many people face-to-face as possible, this can be an informal chat just to introduce yourself to a business, or attend a careers fair or networking event.
Telephone and video interviews
If you secure interviews which you're not able to attend in person, be open to interviews by video or telephone and show willingness for this. The last thing you want is to lose out on a job because you weren't physically able to go to the interview. All the usual interview rules still apply – make sure you are prepared, well-presented and able to communicate your answers clearly. Have a quiet room at home you can use, rather than trying to use a coffee shop round the corner!
Be flexible, calm and positive
As with all big projects, sometimes not everything goes the way you want it to. Be prepared for setbacks in the process, by having back-ups at every level. Keep job applications warm in case your first choice falls through, and have a back-up accommodation plan for emergencies as well. Have enough cash saved up to last you in the interim, but most importantly, stay upbeat and positive. This will help you through any difficulties you may face and give you the energy to succeed in your new endeavours.
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