Bored? In a rut? Wish you could pack everything up and move across the country – or the globe? Maybe you can, if you can find a job that offers paid relocation. Here are some job-seeking tips.
Use your “home-field advantage.”
Many companies that no longer offer relocation packages for new hires will do it for internal transfers, since you’ve already shown commitment to the company. If your company has a job-posting board, take a look at what’s out there, searching by location if that feature is available. If not, talk to your boss or to HR (give your boss a heads-up first) about opportunities in other areas.
Choose the Right Type of Job
Certain professions and industries are known for paying their new hires to relocate. The catch, of course, is that you have to be qualified. If you’re a nurse, a college football coach, a physical/occupational therapist, or a construction worker, you’ll probably have an easier time than most finding a job that offers paid relocation.
Use Keywords on Job Boards
Some job boards offer “paid relocation” as an option to select. For others, you’ll need to type it into the search engine yourself. Keep in mind, though, that the results will include only those companies that included “paid relocation” in the job description. There may be more that just didn’t come out and say so. You could also try searching by location, especially if you have a particular destination in mind.
Negotiate it Yourself
Unless the actual job description says that there is no paid relocation offered, you never know what the company might agree to if they really want you. But don’t start your first interview by asking about relocation. Instead, wait until the employer offers you the job. Then, you can negotiate it as part of the compensation package rather than a separate benefit, which could greatly increase your chances if it’s not something the company usually does. But don’t go crazy! A few years ago, some companies would buy your house and give you a housing allowance on top of packers, movers, etc. Today, employers are more likely to agree to a flat amount that you can use for moving expenses. Others will reimburse you, but you have to have receipts for everything. As with any negotiation, start a little high so that you’ll have room to come down, but not so high that you make it easy to say no.
Pick the Right City
Some cities with declining populations will pay talented people to live there. The city of Detroit, MI, for instance, offers incentives to employees of partner companies when they move downtown. You can get up to $20,000 in forgiveable loans when you buy a new house. If renting is more your style, you could get up to $2,500 toward your first year’s rent and $1,000/year after that. If you prefer small-town life and like the idea of building your own home, some towns in Kansas may be willing to give you the land. Residents of Alaska receive yearly dividends from oil revenues. And there’s a town in Nebraska that will give you a lot on a golf course if you agree to build a house on it.
You may not be able to make a profit on relocation anymore, but if you have the right skills and are an expert negotiator, you should be able to recoup at least part of your expenses.