If your new boss is hiring you from afar, it’s safe to say that he wants you around. He didn’t choose a local candidate – he chose you who now has to make the great effort of moving yourself, your possessions, and perhaps even a family to the new work location. Your boss probably isn’t blind to the fact that the move is going to cost you some money, but he may need some convincing to get him to foot at least some of the bill.
If you know you have the job, the next step is to advocate for yourself and to try to get some relocation assistance.
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1. Research the move
The very first step is to find out how much this move is going to cost you, so you can approach your boss with an accurate estimate. Research the housing market in the new place to find out how much you can expect to pay. Determine whether you’ll have to pay a penalty to get out of your current lease or, if you own a home, whether you’ll need to put it on the market and the costs associated with that. Also look at the costs of moving trucks, deposits for the new place, education for any kids you might have, and the cost of disconnecting old utilities and connecting the new ones in the new home. In addition, you’ll need a place to stay when you arrive – which might be a hotel or a short-term furnished apartment.
2. Check company history
Before you approach your boss, it also helps to find out what other people have gotten in terms of relocation assistance. One way to go about this is to ask any employees you’ve met during the hiring process to find out what they’ve gotten, if anything. You can also contact the company’s human resources department or check the employee handbook – sometimes found online or on the company website – for information. Finding out that the company has a relocation assistance policy is a good thing, because it means you’ll be entitled to something; but then again, it might not be as much as you’d initially hoped.
3. Present suggestions in writing
Based on your research, lay out a written estimate of the costs of the move. Also write out a brief letter to your boss that asks him to look over your estimate and consider funding the requested amount. Sweeten the deal by also mentioning why it matters to your boss. For example, you might mention that having this relocation assistance will allow you to quit the second job you do at night – which gives you more time to focus on the new job. You might also mention that getting assistance will help you make the move more quickly, since you might be able to hire movers to drive your stuff across the country while you fly there.
4. Consider alternatives
Your written proposal could also include alternatives to the more traditional cash or reimbursement relocation package. For example, you might simply ask that the company finds you a suitable temporary apartment or negotiates a deal with a moving company on your behalf. You might also ask your boss to raise your salary by a certain amount or to give you an advance.
5. Get the deal in writing
If your boss agrees to a relocation package, ask him to write out the details so that you’ll have proof of what was promised. Detail what the employer is going to cover, as well as how the money will be presented. Many companies will only agree to reimburse you and won’t give you cash up front, and they’ll require receipts for the moving truck, rental deposits, and so on. Having the deal spelled out will help you avoid uncomfortable situations or misunderstandings in what’s expected from you and the employer. Whatever the contract lies out, follow it to the letter so that everything goes as smooth as possible.
See also: How to Write a Compensation Proposal
Getting a new job in a far-off place can be an exciting change for your life and your career – but it can also be filled with a lot of headaches and hard work. If your company helps you with the financial part though, it can make the transition a whole lot smoother.