Expanding Your Search – Relocation

So, you decided to expand your job search during these trying times and are considering positions that would require relocation: either to another city or even to another state. Before starting the process on your own—but especially if you have engaged a recruiter for assistance—ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you serious, or just fearful you won’t find something close to home?
  • Will you actually relocate when the time comes?
  • Are you just spinning your fantasy wheels?

Let’s break down the challenges and solutions to understand the nuances of this significant life decision.

1. ARE YOU HONESTLY WILLING TO RELOCATE?

The question, “Are you willing to relocate?” should emit a simple yes or no answer. However, it is never entirely as cut and dried as that. Being committed to relocating is essential for success. If you are “on the fence,” and spending time trying to convince yourself to move, you are at a clear disadvantage. Starting a new job with negative feelings will lower the chances of achieving success from the start.

You must be entirely agreeable to making a move and embrace all the experiences involved. Your and your family’s willingness to move is vitally important. Remember, they have as much of a stake in the move as you do.

Takeaway
Be sensitive to your and your family’s needs as well as the process because when all the pieces fall into place, the odds are perfect that you will find an excellent new company and new city.

2. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH STRESS?

If you typically struggle with work-related stress, you are probably not the best fit for a job-related relocation. The mere process can be wrought with difficulty and challenge. Having to make decisions that affect all aspects of your family’s life—housing, schools, leaving extended family—may be more pressure than you can handle.

Takeaway
You need to be able to handle pressure and multiple challenges positively and constructively. When a person is willing to relocate, it shows a passion and dedication to their job and that they are in it for the long haul.

3. DO YOU UNDERSTAND AND VALUE DIFFERENT CULTURES?

Having experience and knowledge of different cultures is an excellent benefit if you are going to relocate. A good understanding of a variety of cultures and backgrounds will help you adjust more easily and quickly to a new work environment.

Takeaway
You must maintain a positive attitude and adaptability to new cultures to adjust to the company itself and for establishing the chemistry with new coworkers.

4. HOW GOOD ARE YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS?

A poor communicator is a lousy communicator, no matter where you are. It is critical for you to have the ability to connect verbally with a new team. Without good communication skills, sharing successes and problems will be daunting. This problem can extend to the family who has also relocated and may leave them feeling insecure and alone.

Takeaway
A person with good people skills will relocate successfully.

SUMMARY
Relocating for a job is more than just about work; it changes people’s lives. From the place you call home to what you do for a living, your social network, and future opportunities. There is no denying it is a HUGE step that requires careful planning and consideration to make it a success. Keep these facts in mind when considering relocation, remaining flexible to accommodate the best outcome for all! And, most important, find yourself a good recruiter to make the process as smooth and seamless as possible.

Beware the Counter Offer

After much reflection, you have decided that your current job is not right for you, and it is time to move on. With your updated resume in hand, you pursue some exciting new opportunities. Before you know it, you say “YES” to a new job that is both challenging and financially sound.

Whew! Time to take a deep breath, muster up courage and let your boss know you are resigning. To your relief, he takes the news well. To your surprise, however, he presents you with a very tempting counter offer.

Undoubtedly, he is trying to entice you to stay; he believes throwing more money your way will sway you. RED FLAG! Why is he offering you a raise now that you have decided to leave? Has he finally realized your worth, or does he just not want to lose you to the competition?

Ask yourself: Are you suddenly feeling valuable, and irreplaceable to your current employer? Why didn’t your boss give you a raise before realizing he was going to lose you?

Stop and think carefully before accepting the counter offer. Remember, it is from a company that you were happy to leave.

A Few Things to Think About 

When an employee is happy, a salary increase offered by another company is seldom the prime reason for moving on. Are a few extra dollars enough to put aside the issues that caused you to resign in the first place? If the money is your primary concern and you are happy with all other aspects of your job, then perhaps a few extra dollars is enough.

Still, suppose your problems are systemic: culture, the type of work and incompatibility. Things unlikely to change overnight. It should not take you resigning for things to change. A sudden counter offer as a response to you quitting could indicate poor management. If it is based on desperation rather than merit, nothing will change for you in the long run.

Beware of feeling a sense of personal obligation, either to the company or to a co-worker. The decision to leave a job should be about you and the long-term success of your career.

Likewise, if the counter offer includes promotion or more responsibility, think about how your colleagues will view you. You may not get the support you need from them to make your new position work if they believe it took you threatening to leave to get promoted. They could feel a sense of betrayal and question how invested you are in the team if you were prepared to go in the first place. They will question whether they can still trust and rely on you.

Never Accept a Counter Offer

The best advice we can give you is to NEVER accept a counter offer. No reasoning in the world will make your current job better by accepting a counter offer. Not only will you become a pariah, but resentment, distrust and ultimately, unhappiness will abound. To ease your mind, make a list of the things you are looking for in a new job; this will reassure you are on the right track:

  • Promotion Opportunity
  • Better Management
  • A Company Culture You Align with
  • Type of Work you Will be Doing
  • Mentoring and Training Offered
  • How the Job will Help Your Career

Remember, there was a good reason you looked for and accepted a new job. Keep in mind that the new company is making you a better offer because they think highly of your skills, attitude, and potential to add significant value to the team.

It may just be the right time to stick to your original plan and move on to new opportunities.

Underqualified Or Overqualified – Who Gets Hired First?

Finding the perfect candidate to hire can be a challenge.

Oftentimes, candidates are either underqualified or overqualified for a specific job, causing decision makers angst. While there are pros and cons to hiring either candidate, the question remains: Who will get hired first?

Let us examine their benefits and pitfalls.

The Underqualified Candidate
  • May not have all the necessary credentials.
  • Probably has not held the title before.
  • Is more than likely lacking in experience.

It may be easy to jump to conclusions and immediately rule out the underqualified candidate, reasoning he/she will not be able to hit the ground running. But what if this person is a go-getter, a visionary who has not yet had the opportunity to grow? Sometimes, an underqualified candidate can be full of surprises, driven to prove him/herself by bringing in fresh ideas, innovative solutions, and a different approach to frustrating, unsolved problems. A fresh set of eyes, so to speak!

An underqualified candidate has the motivation to prove that you made the right decision by hiring them and may work even harder to deliver their worth. Plus, you will be able to train this candidate to do things your way from the beginning (no bad habits to eliminate).

The Overqualified Candidate
  • Has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to hit the ground running.
  • Will require minimal training.
  • Has a positive impact on your company almost immediately.

It is tempting to jump at the opportunity of hiring a candidate with all the skills you need and more. But, what of the likelihood he/she soon realizes thejob is not challenging enough and needs more? If you do not have a higher position available, he/she may move on, and you will be back to square one, again.It is essential to understand why the overqualified candidate is interested in the job. From there, you will be able to determine his/her motivation and whether the position is considered a transitional option until a better one presents itself.

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Making the Right Decision

Every job has its place in an organization, so it is crucial to hire the candidate that is the best fit for your immediate needs. But it is also essential to assess the candidate’s personality and whether he/she will be a cultural fit. While a candidate may have all the “hard skills” required, soft skills like communication, problem-solving, time management, work ethic and attitude go a long way. The candidate who aligns with the organization’s values is in it for the long haul. He/she will then be ready and able to fulfil the requirements of the position, get the job, and ultimately succeed!

Overqualified or Underqualified then becomes irrelevant.

It’s Not All About The Money – The Offer Stage

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Congratulations, you did it! You aced the interviews, and you are feeling great about it. You have been introduced to the team, been given the “tour,” and in the next few days, you will be receiving a job offer.

You are excited to see the financial package they will offer, after all, this is your “Dream Job”.

Stop, slow down and take a breath.

Now is the time to dig deep because being happy in a job is not only about the Money. There are many other factors to consider when you are negotiating a job offer with your future in mind.

Of course, money is important, and we will discuss that later.

Here are some guidelines to help you evaluate the job offer and assist you in making the best decision for yourself.

The Career “Job”

Because you will be spending 8+ hours a day on the job, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does the actual work you will be doing excite you?
  • Does it fit your personality?
  • Will you be using the skills that you enjoy?
  • Do you believe in the company and feel passionate about contributing to it?
  • Do you understand the role you and how you will interact with your coworkers?
  • What about your quality of life? Will the job affect it negatively in any way? Think about your commute time, overtime expectations and how flexible they may be.
Management

We all know that working with a great leader can make even a tough job rewarding. On the flip side, a lousy leader can turn a dream job into a living nightmare.

Find out who your direct superior will be and ask yourself:

  • Can you work with this person? | #1 reason people leave their job is due to the leadership
  • she/she respectful to the team members?
  • What kind of reputation does he/she have in the industry?
  • Is his/her management style a fit for you?

Company Culture

Until you are working in the environment, it can be challenging to get a real sense of a company’s culture. But here is the trick: you can pick up hints that can give you an idea of how they operate by asking some of the right questions during the final interviews.

  • Do the company’s core values align with yours? After all, your integrity is essential.
  • Are issues that are important to you a priority to the company leaders?
  • What are the company’s policies about ongoing staff training, mobility, and promotions?
  • Do you see yourself as part of the team?
  • Do they encourage a work/life balance?
  • Can you see yourself working in that company culture?
Prospects

Nothing in today’s world is forever, and that applies to the job market, too. It is wise to evaluate how this job will position you in the future. Ask yourself:

  • Will this job allow you to sharpen your skills and make you even more marketable in the future?
  • Does working at this company add credibility to your resume?
  • Should you decide to change your career, will this job give you a “foot in the door?”
  • Does it offer access to training that will be useful to you and opportunities for networking?
Finally, let us talk about Money!

Ask yourself these questions:

  • If the job offer is lower than you expected, can you afford to pass it up and wait for something better?
  • What are the company’s health benefits?
  • Bonus Program
  • Continued Education reimbursement
  • Do they offer paid time off?
  • What is their policy regarding a 401(k) plan?
  • Is the offer fair, based on your experience and the market average?

When deciding to accept a job offer, finances are critical, but remember the adage: Money does not buy happiness, contrary to what we may think.

Summary

Hopefully, we have given you some food for thought that will help you to decide whether to accept a job offer or not. However, you need to prioritize the information provided according to what is personally relevant to you. Think about what is crucial for you and your happiness and where you are willing to make sacrifices if need be.