There’s no doubt that candidates, especially top candidates, are in short supply in the current job market. As a result, some candidates are passing up great opportunities for career advancement.
That’s because they’re comfortable in their current job, and that comfort has caused them to become complacent.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Companies crave talent. They want to get it and they want to keep it, and this is especially true right now.
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 an employer makes an offer to you, it’s because they believe that you are the talent for which they’re looking and that you can make them more competitive in the marketplace. Company officials believe that you possess value that the organization needs, and as a result, they want to hire you so they can tap into that value.
Okay, let’s start with the bad news first. Even if you are one of the best and brightest candidates available and the company extends an offer to you, the company 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 you could explore with your potential new employer:
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.
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.
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 have options when it comes to relocating for a better employment opportunity. Don’t automatically say “No” to a new job just because relocation is involved. You could be limiting your options and your chances to grow your career.