Being unwilling to relocate can hurt your career
by Resume Digest on 08 Apr 2013 permalink
Employers will give preference to those who have an address within reasonable distance from their premises. You need to use the address of a friend nearby if you are applying from interstate.
As a couple, are you prepared to follow your partner to seek better employment elsewhere? It is a costly gamble if you consider the implications of seeking a new dwelling, enrolling the children in a new school, making new friends, etc...
As a single person you are much more mobile and have little to lose.
For all, the best approach is to be transferred within your work organization. So why is the grass greener on the other side? (Some may add it is also tougher to chew once you get there...) If you are stuck in a static situation, relocating might be your circuit-breaker. Relocating or migrating is often a once in a lifetime opportunity where you cannot afford to fail. You will find extraordinary motivation from migrants to pull all stops.
You have two choices: either you wait for the opportunities to come to you or you go and uncover them where they are. Fortunately with the internet you can do a lot of homework before taking the plunge. Another approach which has worked for some is to find cheap accommodation near your new place of work and come back home on the weekend.
Some traditional families have young adults seeking opportunities overseas and sending a part of their earnings to their country of origin to support elderly parents. Not everyone has the benefit of superannuation. Some wise folks have seen the wisdom of investing into the education of their children and in due course are getting the return they deserve when their time of need has come.
An obvious barrier to relocation is language and qualifications. If you are after clerical work or customer facing roles a foreign accent will give you away but being willing to take a lower pay will also give you a foot in the door.
There is so much suspicion about fake foreign diplomas that large companies require candidates to undergo aptitude tests to check your claims and your suitability for the job. It actually works in your favour if you care to prepare yourself for it. It is a fair system where all candidates are assessed by the same standard. It is troublesome for mature workers who realised their experience is not being taken at face value and may fail the test because they are not mentally as sharp.
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