Are You Open to Relocating?

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May 19, 2020
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When you're looking for a new job there are many factors that could come into play. Salary, job title, and commute are some that usually come up. But would you be willing to move for a job?

Being willing to relocate is a big decision and one you should be prepared to answer if you are currently seeking employment. Below, we'll discuss how to handle the option of relocation and what you need to know before making a decision.

Should you put willing to relocate on a resume or cover letter?

Depending on the job you are applying for, it might make sense to include that you are willing to relocate on your resume or in your cover letter. If you have been out of work for a while and aren't finding anything in your area, you might consider relocation.

If your resume states your address, make sure it's clear in your cover letter that you are open to relocating. By stating this early on, the recruiter or human resources representative should feel comfortable bringing you in for an initial conversation. Be prepared to discuss logistics once in the interview process.

How to answer the question, are you willing to relocate?

Let's say you are in the middle of a job interview you thought was local and all of a sudden the hiring manager says, would you consider relocating? While this is a rare occurrence, you should be prepared. Before any job interview, take a few minutes to think about your career and life situation.

  • Is there a situation or a company that you would move for?
  • Is making a move completely out of the question?
  • Could you relocate your family?
  • Is there a particular city that you would relocate to?
  • Is your career at a place where you could benefit from moving?

If you are willing to relocate, you should never say no to any questions about moving without considering all factors. You also don't need to say yes right away.

Every company expects this decision to take some time. Let the interviewer know this is something you would consider. You have every right to ask more questions and let them know you need time to think it over and discuss it with family.

If relocating is not an option for you, be honest. Answer the interview questions about your willingness to relocate with care.

Explain the reason why you can't relocate. These could be career-driven or because of personal reasons.

  • The location won't work for your family
  • You are at a point in your career where a move would hurt
  • You aren't willing to relocate for the salary they are offering

It's always nice to let a company down easily. You also never want to say never. A better response to a relocation question is, while I am not willing to relocate at this time, it is something I may consider in the future. or If something were to change I would love to discuss the position at a later date.

Preparing to discuss relocation during an interview

If you are applying to a job that includes relocation, be prepared to answer specific interview questions on the move. You will certainly have questions of your own, so bring a list to your job interview of what answers you need. Here are some sample questions to ask during an interview for a company that includes a move.

  • Will the company help pay for me to relocate?
  • How many employees have moved?
  • Will I receive aid in looking for new housing?
  • How much time will I have to get settled before the job starts?

Do not feel bad about having questions. Making a move for a company or job is a big decision. You want to show the employer your enthusiasm for the opportunity even if you have a question or two.

If this is the first time you are considering a move for your career, seek advice from a professional mentor. Ask for tips on what to ask and what you can expect throughout the process. If you know someone who has already made a move with the company, they would be a great resource.

Final thoughts on deciding if you are willing to relocate

You could interview for a job that asks if you are open to relocating, or your current job could offer you a relocation package. Either way, there is a lot to think about. There will be lots of things going through your mind if you take a role that includes relocating.

One day you could be happy and excited and the next hesitant and anxious. This is normal when it comes to relocation.

If you feel that you need it, ask for some extra time before giving an answer to the question, are you willing to relocate? The more information you gather, the better you will feel when it comes time to make a decision. Everyone's situation is different, so what is good for one person might not be the best for you.

Carefully consider all of your options. Continue to search for other jobs if you are not certain about making a move. Most companies are willing to find a way to make things work for employees, because they understand that it's important to have their team members feel good about their decision.

In the end, take your time! Whatever answer you give should be the right one for you and your career.

Frequently Asked Questions

What factors should I consider before deciding to relocate for a job?

Before deciding to relocate for a job, consider the cost of living in the new area, the support system or network you'll have, career growth opportunities, the impact on your family or personal life, and the cultural fit with the new location. It's important to weigh these factors against the benefits of the job offer to make an informed decision.

How can I negotiate relocation assistance with a potential employer?

When negotiating relocation assistance, research the costs involved in moving and present these to your potential employer. Be clear about what you need, whether it's a lump sum, reimbursement for moving expenses, or assistance with housing. It's also helpful to understand the company's typical relocation policies and to be prepared to discuss how your relocation will benefit the company.

What are some strategies for adapting to a new city after relocating for a job?

To adapt to a new city, start by exploring your neighborhood and local community. Join professional networks or local clubs to meet new people. Also, maintain a routine to create a sense of normalcy, and be open to new experiences and cultural differences. Staying positive and proactive in building your new life will help ease the transition.

Dave Fano

Founder and CEO of Teal, Dave is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less.

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