There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect the employment marketplace and the job market. As a result, some candidates are passing up great opportunities for career advancement, because they think they should just “hunker down” where they are right now.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Companies still crave talent. They want to get it and they want to keep it, and this is especially true in conditions like these. Why is that? Because they need to stay as competitive as possible in the marketplace, and they need the best and brightest talent in order to do so.
If you ARE that talent, then top companies in the marketplace still want to hire you, pandemic or no pandemic. However, let’s tackle the bad news. Even if you are one of the best and brightest candidates available, employers might not pay for full relocation expenses.
That could leave you feeling as though you have no option but to pay for relocation yourself. This is not true.
Other options are available, and these are all options that you could explore with your potential new employer:
#1—Rolling the cost of relocation into your salary
If the company is paying enough in salary, the extra compensation might be enough to cover the cost of moving.
#2—Delayed relocation bonus
In this situation, you would receive a relocation bonus after working a specified amount of time in your new position. This can be anywhere from three months to a year.
#3—Reduced relocation allowance
Instead of starting you with a salary that could conceivably cover all of your relocation expenses, you’ll start at a lower salary, but receive a small relocation allowance, as well. This is more of what you might call a “hybrid option.”
Realize that you do have options when it comes to relocating for a better employment opportunity. Yes, conditions in the market might be somewhat challenging, but they’re not insurmountable—and they don’t have to stand in the way of your career advancement.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.