Relocating? Why not.
Relocating can be scary, but it can also be rewarding. Moving across the state, country, or world, is feasible and it’s happening. However, it is a tough process that can be daunting to even to start.
Whether you are targeting a certain location, presented an opportunity for relocation, or desire a remote lifestyle, here are some helpful tips to get the ball rolling towards a successful relocation.
1: Change your LinkedIn location
Changing your LinkedIn location to the city you want to be in, as opposed to the city you’re in, is a great way to ensure that you’re receiving messages from Recruiters that are for the place you want to move to. In order to ensure you’re being honest, mention in your summary that you would like to relocate, here is an example of what you could say:
“.Net Developer with ten years of experience working on proprietary web applications. Currently living in New York but actively looking to move to Chicago.”
2: Set expectations on company provided relocation
It is important to set expectations for yourself on what you will absolutely require for relocation. If you decide you need a company to provide you with at least $5,000 for relocation assistance, then make that very clear up front. It’s important to ensure that you’re not wasting your time or the company’s time by being ‘off’ on relocation assistance expected and given.
3: Be realistic and clear with your timeline
If you’re making a big move odds are you won’t be able to start in a new role with a simple two weeks’ notice. There are many time-consuming matters that need to be considered when relocating:
- When is your lease up? Can you find a sublet or break your contract?
- Do you need to sell a home?
- How will you find a place to live in a new city?
- If you have school-aged children or a family to relocate, what does that look like?
Come up with an idea of how much time you’ll need to move and be sure to make that clear to any company you’re interviewing with. You want expectations to be clear on both ends.
Remember, when going through a relocation planning and communication are key. As long as you are very clear and upfront about your expectations to companies, relocating can be a rewarding breeze!
Ryan Swartzendruber, Technical Recruiter for Objective Paradigm’s Talution Group, recruits on both contract and direct hire positions in addition to his Account Manager responsibilities. Ryan’s focus is in the financial and software industries where he consistently meets clients needs by identifying and placing talent to help businesses scale. Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn.