People are really going places today. Americans are constantly looking for better opportunities, better climates, and better lifestyles. A recent government report says that during a one-year period, 16% of the American population pulled up stakes and moved.

Whatever type of move you’re considering – a career relocation or a personally motivated move, it’s going to require a lot of decision making and logistics. This series of posts is designed to help you ask the right questions and do the right kind of planning to make your relocation hassle-free.

Career Relocations

If you’ve been offered a new job in a different area, you’ve probably got some important questions on your mind. Your company does, too. Employers who ask people to relocate are interested in “win-win” results. They want the right people in the right places. And part of doing that is making sure people are happy with where they need to live. So, consider the prospect of relocation carefully and candidly.

A good way to start sorting through what it’ll take to relocate is by talking to your employer. Medium to large companies tend to have standard relocation programs they use as a guideline. In most cases, they also have a team of people who specialize in working with relocating employees. This team can answer your questions and help you navigate your relocation smoothly.

Here are some of the top questions voiced by relocating employees:

What Will This Move Mean For My Career?

Relocating for a new job can often be a springboard to new levels of career success. This is especially true if the new position helps to elevate your status in the company or prepare you for future advancement. Relocation can also involve moving to a more prestigious company whose name elevates your own prestige and marketability within your profession. Here are some questions to ask yourself about any potential new assignment:

  • How will this new job prepare me for further advancement in either my company or my profession?
  • What’s the job security in this new position?
  • What new skills can this job give me or teach me that will make me more valuable as an employee?
  • How does the potential for advancement in the new job compare to what’s available in my current situation?

What Does It Cost To Relocate And How Will I Pay For It?

Every company has its own rules about relocation benefits, that’s why the perfect place to start your relocation research is with your hiring manager or HR representative. They’ll most likely be able to get you a package of relocation materials that can help you map out the costs of moving and understand which ones the company will cover.

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