Relocation As A Career Move

Relocation comes as a standard procedure with many jobs; however, this doesn't make it any easier. Having to move across the country, or even to an entirely new country, can prove stressful and difficult to manage for many. As such, it's important you understand the ins and outs if you are required to move, and also how to go about the move itself.

Relocating with your Job

Many times, particularly if you work for a large multinational company, your employer will want to strengthen other offices and ensure resources are being used efficiently. If your employer wants to relocate you as part of a unilateral reshuffling of resources, then the terms of this move should be stated explicitly in your contract. For example, there may be a clause that states you are expected to move within a 100 mile radius of your current workplace if the needs of the company changes. In such situations, you are at the will of your employer; however, they should give you a fair notice well in advance.

During this time, weigh up the pros and cons of relocating to your new place of work. Although you have no legal ground to reject your relocation, most employers understand that big changes in location can be extremely difficult for staff. Particularly if you are settled in your neighbourhood and have a family to support, you may feel that the move isn't right for your current circumstances.  

If you decide not move, but there is a mobility clause in your contract, then you are effectively taking voluntary layoff. In these situations, you should be entitled to the full severance pay that is outlined in your contract.

If you do decide to move, great! There are huge advantages of moving within your current company. Obviously, the security of a guaranteed job is paramount; however, there may be other perks such as an increased salary or more benefits.

Relocating on Your Own

Relocating independently is a bit trickier than relocating with your employer. First and foremost, you have to find a suitable job in a suitable location. Depending on your current role, there may not be suitable positions for you in the cities you'd like to move to, so make sure you're thorough in your initial research.

There are other things to consider also, such as the housing market, local schools and the safety of potential neighborhoods. Monetary concerns are also a common concern, so make sure you factor all potential costs into the equation:

  • Rent/mortgage costs
  • Entertainment
  • Schooling
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation

All of the above vary between cities and states, so make sure you spend enough time planning your move before jumping in. Additionally, it's important to calculate the "strength of your dollar". Even if your new job results in a big salary increase, it is entirely relative to the cost of living in your new area.

Planning Your Move

Regardless of whether you're moving to take a job or moving in anticipation of a fresh start, you're going to have to move your stuff. For many people, working out the logistics and costs can be a major headache, so consider the tips below to give you a head start:

  • Compare moving companies online – The internet has made it extremely easy to plan your big move, so make use of the tools available. You can quickly check moving company reviews by searching online; however, you can also request free quotes directly from these companies. This is a great way to compare different companies quickly and easily.
  • Prepare for hidden costs – Some people loving making lists, others hate it. Whichever one you are, it's time to get pen to paper and think through all of the hidden costs you might incur in your big move. This can involve vaccinations for your pet, the cost of a new state driving license and connection fees to get your utilities up and running.
  • Source free moving boxes – Local retail businesses are a great option for sourcing moving boxes, as they are likely full to the brim with empty boxes you can use to move your belongings.
  • Book early – Booking your moving company early will save you the stress of doing so just before you head off, and you may even get a discounted rate for booking well in advance. 

Moving can be a difficult process, but if you keep this information in mind and work with an experienced moving company, you'll soon be moved and be ready to start a new adventure in your new location.