10 Steps for a Successful Move and Relocation
By Doug Davis
Step 2: The New Job
Some employers offer financial help to relocate and may even offer to assist in the organizing and planning of your move. This may be in the form of a one-time payment that you will have to budget and arrange for yourself, and then pay the balance if you go over. Or, generous employers may hire companies to pack and move your belongings, paying the entire expense. Be sure to ask this up front before accepting the job.
Negotiate Relocation Assistance.
Relocation assistance may be negotiable. If you have a unique skill not found locally, or are an executive or senior employee, you may be able to ask for compensation as part of your benefits package.
Don't Need Financial Assistance?
If you don't need financial assistance moving, mention that briefly in your cover letter, because some employers will favor local candidates so they won't have to help with moving costs.
Don't Limit Your Job Search.
Don't limit your job search to only companies only willing to pay for your move. That reduces your opportunities, and you may miss out on the perfect job.