Location, Location, Location

As recruiters, we’re tasked with finding quality candidates that fit our client’s needs. Not only do our candidates have to fit the bill technically, but we also try to find people who will be a strong fit within that particular company’s culture. In order to find the ideal fit, we have to ask difficult questions to find the best match.

One of the most difficult topics to approach as a recruiter is the issue of relocation. Often times a candidate will say they’re open to relocating without thinking too much into it, which can lead to greater issues down the road. Having recently gone through relocation for my role with Aegis, I know first-hand that there are some difficult questions to consider before moving for a new position. If you ask yourself these questions preemptively, it can go a long way in finding a new job that fits what you’re looking for.

Location: What city/state am I REALISTICALLY willing to relocate to?

Growing up in the Midwest, dealing with horrific winters, it would be easy for me to say, “I’ll move anywhere South.” In reality, I would have to consider if I’m willing to move 500+ miles away from my family, friends, familiar hangout spots, etc. Without a legitimate reason for wanting to relocate to specific city, a company would be hard pressed to hire you without a solid reason for choosing that location.

Finances: Can I afford to move to this location?

I spoke with a candidate today who told me, “I can’t relocate – moving is expensive.” It’s easy to under estimate the expenses that go into moving. Fortunately, certain companies are willing to assist with these expenses under specific circumstances, but it’s not a given. It’s easy to get caught up with the excitement of a new opportunity. However, it’s also important to understand whether a location change is financially feasible for yourself without relocation assistance.

Company/Position: Is the position within this particular company an opportunity that would be worth moving for?

With any position or company, things can change rather quickly. It’s important to look into these aspects to make sure it will be a good fit technically and culturally. The last thing anyone would want, is to be out of a job in a strange city/state after 3 months. In my situation, I was fortunate to have a friend working with Aegis who was able to speak to the company culture and what recruiting entails. A lot of times, a candidate won’t have that luxury, so it’s important to ask these questions during any interviews.

Using myself as an example, this is how I came to the conclusion that moving to Indianapolis to work at Aegis was the best move for me:

Location: I knew there were 3 places I was willing to work: Cleveland, Baltimore, or Indianapolis. I was looking to relocate to Indianapolis because I went to Butler and still have a number of friends who live in the city.

Finances: I did more math than I had since high school when considering whether it was financially feasible to move to Indy. Ultimately I had to consider the cost of moving furniture from Cleveland, any deposits with new housing, and furniture I would need to pick up when I arrived.

Company/Position: As I mentioned earlier, I had the advantage of knowing someone within Aegis. It was extremely helpful in having an idea of how I would fit in, prior to making the move.

Ultimately, relocation shouldn’t be an issue to shy away from. For me, the experience has been a fantastic one. If you ask yourself (or your candidate) the essential questions above, it can go a long way in determining whether relocation is right for you.

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