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5 Questions to Ask Before Relocating For a Job

By Mike Wheatley | December 2, 2014

So you've found yourself with a new job offer. A new opportunity and environment to prove yourself is something that could help propel your career to heights you have been hoping for since you entered the workforce. The only hindrance in making the decision is the fact that relocation is a part of the new job.


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Moving for a job is a major life change. Whether you are single or could possibly relocate your whole family, there is a major decision having to be made. Understanding that impact this decision will have on your future will no doubt carry major weight in the final verdict. But before you take the job there are questions that your potential employer need to answer that could make your decision much easier, in some aspects.

Will They Cover Moving Expenses?

Moving to a new city is in no way cheap. The process entails selling your home, finding a new place to call home, hiring movers and so much more that you will not even think of until they require financial input.

Throughout the negotiating process, the question of whether the company will cover your moving expenses should definitely be asked. Knowing what is included before accepting the job is vital in the decision making process. Some companies may cover all expenses or just some. And a few might negotiate the financial reimbursement.

Once an agreement is reached, most companies will recommend certain movers like Allied Van Lines and many more who have experience with cross-country moves. If they do cover the costs they will let you know if the finances will be covered up front or reimbursed to you.

Is There A Future For Me in This Company?

A piece of advice that has been given to many over the years is the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. A new job might seem like a great concept but is it really the best option for you? Many young individuals blindly enter a situation where it might seem favorable upfront but the proverbial “dead end job” draws near rather quickly.

There is no harm in asking about how they offer new opportunities to employees and how often those opportunities arise. You most likely have satisfactory rapport with your current employer and though opportunities might not present themselves as often as you would like, there are still glimpses of advancement to be had. Ask for evidence if you must of recent employees that have advanced in the company. When it comes to relocating your career and family, knowing there is a bright future can sway your thinking.

What State is the Company In?

This might be an obvious question. How is the company actually doing? If they are on shaky ground with no solid view of the future, it might make your decision very easy.

How well the company is doing is a major factor in the decision making process. Sometimes performing your own research can answer the question for you. The question of where the company stands and their plan for the future needs to be put on the table. You may find out that you are part of the solution which could have major benefits for your career.

What is the Culture of the Company?

One thing that most learn when entering the workforce is the meshing of the personality of the employee and culture of the company carries significant value in daily production. It can be difficult to perform at a high level on a daily basis if you are not the right fit for the company of position. This may have nothing to do with you personally or the company; some are just not a good fit together.

You may get a good feel throughout the interview of whether you will be a good fit or not. But having a substantial grasp of how projects, communication and collaboration are handled on a daily basis could solve your dilemma.

What is Expected of Me?

The answer to this question needs to be heard before a final decision is attained. While advancing your career is a goal that you have established from day one, entering a job that you may not be able to perform well could cause a major setback.

What is expected of you in this new job needs to be outlined thoroughly. What is the daily, quarterly and yearly goal for this position and can you meet those goals? This will help all parties involved determine if you are the right person for the position. Entering a situation where you might not have the necessary skills or knowledge will hinder your career and the company.

If you are the right person for this job, how will they help you gain the skills necessary to perform at a high level? Ask if they educate their employees and prepare them to exceed the expectations of their position. If a company will not invest in their employees they might not have the right system in place for you. Learning is a continual entity and if a company will not help their employees improve themselves, they might not be the best place for continuing your career or uprooting your family.


About The Author: Caleb McElveen is a public relation specialist and writer for HigherVisibility. Caleb contributes tips and advice on real estate, finance and relocation.

Mike Wheatley is the senior editor at Realty Biz News. Got a real estate related news article you wish to share, contact Mike at [email protected].
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