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Posted By: Eva Grabner | on May 7 2015

Relocating: the issues to consider before you take the plunge

In an era of fluctuating job opportunities, lean companies and redundancies it’s easy to say ‘Yes, I’ll relocate for a job’. I am finding more and more candidates saying that they are willing to move cities, states or even countries for a job. My many years of recruitment experience tells me that 90% of the time, the person making such a statement hasn’t really thought seriously about the implications of such a move.

It’s certainly not an easy decision unless you are in a profession that necessitates constant geographical moves to progress your career. I’m finding in the current market that people who have been looking for work for over six months are often desperate to go anywhere for a regular pay packet. Most of the time the role isn’t what they really want but they have a family to feed, so what can you do?

As an experienced recruiter, I make it my job to get to the bottom of why you are applying for that role in PNG when your career history is based in WA. I have to. Why? Because I certainly don’t want you to move your whole family somewhere only to realise within months that the whole family is unhappy and homesick and, to top it off, the role ‘isn’t what you expected’.

My recommendation is to consider the following factors BEFORE sending your application in for any role requiring you to relocate:

• Your family’s enthusiasm for the move (have you discussed the option with them?);
• The logistics and challenges of children changing schools;
• The job/career/community involvement of your spouse;
• Your knowledge of the destination as a place to live and work, rather than visit or holiday;
• The experience of other relocated families in the same city/town/industry/company;
• Other likely job opportunities in the same location, should your new job not work out.

If you have never traveled for work it will be a huge upheaval for you and for your family (if you have one). You are leaving behind your family, your friends and your routine. Yes, trust me, you will miss those local markets that you attend every Saturday morning!

My recommendation is to research the potential destination then write out, in detail, the pros and cons of moving, including the cost differential of living there. Speak to a professional (most recruiters will be able to give you the best advice, trust me, we don’t want to replace you in the first month of you commencing work). And speak with family and friends. Get as much information as you can (impartial and otherwise) and be 100% sure that this is the role and the place that you want to be for a number of years.

The massive financial, emotional and career costs can be devastating for those who have relocated without sufficient research, consultation and consideration.

Good luck!

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