Relocating for your executive job

You may have heard it said often enough when it comes to buying a house – location, location, location is key!  The same can be true for finding your next executive job – it’s all down to the location.

With just under 2.5 million people unemployed in the UK and executive jobs becoming increasingly harder to find and more competitive, you may find that now more than ever is the time to be flexible on location, and it may even mean relocating altogether.

When should I consider relocating?

If you have been unemployed for a while and suitable job options appear to have run out where you are; or you want a more challenging role or a higher position and there is nothing available in your organisation or region, this may be an indication that it’s time to consider relocating for a fresh start.

Relocating doesn’t necessarily mean packing up and moving abroad, though this is an option in itself; for most people, it involves relocating from one part of the country lacking in jobs to another part with better job prospects.

Whatever the case, relocating isn’t an easy decision to make so before you take the jump, here are a few things to consider...

Things to consider before relocating

1) How will the move affect my family, existing home and social life? 2) Will the potential salary be sufficient to accommodate any new expenses that may incur as a result? 3) Will the work be challenging enough and the benefits rewarding enough to justify the change? 4) What backup options do I have if things don’t quite go according to plan?

For relocation to be worthwhile, it’s often better viewed as a longer-term plan of at least two to five years. But once you’ve decided that relocating is for you, here’s how you can make the best out of it.

Four tips for a successful relocation

1) Get the family involved – relocating is a big commitment for an individual, but even more so where there’s a family involved. If you have a spouse, this move may affect their own job or the children’s education so it’s best to involve everyone in the discussion from the get-go.

2) Do your homework – research where you would like to relocate to; what are the house prices like down there for buying or renting? Is the job market thriving or in decline? Are there enough suitable executive positions available in case things don’t work out with the first job you get?

3) Utilise your network – tap your personal and professional connections to get an idea of good areas to relocate to and possible executive jobs available there. Your network can also provide insider information on things like cost of living, transportation, schools, crime in the area, and anything else that might affect your day-to-day living in the new place.

4) Get a job offer before you leave – where possible it’s better to relocate once you’ve secured a job offer in writing. This way you can rest in the added security of your financial needs still being met while you settle in to your new life. You may even be able to get your new employer to cover some of your moving expenses as part of the signing deal.

Overall, relocating can be a huge step in your career but a great one if planned and executed correctly.It may open doors for you to a happier and more fulfilled work life and more opportunities for career advancement further down the line.

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