Probably one of the last things most job seekers want to hear from a prospective employer is whether or not they would be willing to relocate for the job that they are offering. Most people looking for a job try to resist having to be relocated because it can be just such a big life changing situation and a lot of times they have families and simply are worried about uprooting their families, as well as losing touch with all of their friends.
If by chance you are being asked to relocate for one reason or another, try considering some of the things below to help you with your decision.
The first thing is to be completely honest with yourself . Make sure to explore each and every one of your concerns about being relocated, include all of the ones that are psychological as well. How you feel and how your family feels is vitally important. Make sure to include your family with regards to this issue and they should be allowed to be part of your final decision.
Do a lot of research on the area that they want to send you to. Get a hold of the area Chamber of Commerce for all the information on places to live, different schools, churches in the area, ask for maps and find out where the shopping is and where there might be places to go and see if living there. They will send you all the information that you need at no cost.
If you already have the job and they are wanting to relocate you to a different location then try and see if your employer won't let you go and visit the location not just to see the new business but to also be able to check out the housing situation.
It is also important that you ask to read the company policy on relocating employees. A lot of relocation plans do not pay for the expense of moving your pets, any antiques or collectables that you might have. Anything very expensive you need moved may come out of your own pocket.
If you already own your own home, you should ask the company how they are going to help you with the sale of your home. You need to find out if they will buy it, help you sell it or if you are going to be expected to sell it on your own. You also need to find out how they will cover any type of expenses for living while you are looking for a new place to live.
You should be able to feel free to negotiate the moving expenses with the employer, after all they are asking a lot out of you in order to get this job. Do some research on your own with regards to different moving companies with estimates and hand those into the employer for them to choose from.
If you discover that the company that wants you to relocate does not offer much help with regards to helping you with the relocation, it is probably then in your best interest to pass on the job offer. Relocating even with help takes a huge toll on a person and not having any help from the employer is not a good way to start off on a new job.