How to Find Jobs That Pay for Relocation

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Oct 11, 2018

Oct 11, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

While there's no clear shortage in the number of employees that would be willing to relocate, most employees expect employers to pay for it. Since you've worked hard to get talented and climbed up the ladder of your industry, you deserve to find jobs that pay for relocation. The only challenge is to find the jobs themselves.

Here are five tips for finding those jobs so you can fulfill your desire to move without having to pay for it.

1. Choose The Right Industry

While you might love to travel and would be up for relocating from your current position, finding a job that will relocate you is hard. When you're talented, HR reps and executives will offer you all kinds of packages to coax you to come to them. However, with the costs of housing and moving, relocating might not be as attractive as they think it sounds.

In order to set yourself up for a paid relocation, make sure you're in the right industry for it. If you're a customer service or an entry-level position, you're not going to have built up the skills necessary to get relocated. However, if you're in a specialized industry and have built up your skills, you'll be more attractive.

The tech industry and engineering are two places where people can be relocated. If you're an astrophysicist who specializes in space travel but located in Omaha, it's perfectly conceivable for NASA to relocate you to Houston. If you're a talented coder who has built an interesting product in North Carolina, you could get offers from Silicon Valley to relocate.

Just make sure you add this to the conversation when you're negotiating with your hiring managers or HR reps. If you've already signed a contract, it'll be hard to squeeze more out of a company once they've settled on a figure you're costing them.

2. Work to Become Well Known

A great way to get yourself relocated is to become a superstar in your industry. Every company wants to have the Lebron James or Serena Williams of their industry working for their company. When you're winning awards and getting accolades for your work, you're also bringing new light and new attention to your employer.

When you work on becoming a well-known figure, people will know what they're getting from you. Even if you're not the best in the industry, your popularity can help buoy you with support. A well-known person in the world of design or publishing is a rarity but it's even rarer for them to sign on to work for a bigger company.

If a potential employer wants to have exclusive rights to you, you can probably negotiate a relocation out of them. Once you've built up a following and some popularity, you can use your clout to get whatever it is that you want out of employers.

3. Update Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is an important tool for just about every industry these days. If you're not on LinkedIn, recruiters won't be able to find you on one of the most common tools that they use. LinkedIn not only gives you the opportunity to talk about what kinds of skills you have but also to ask for what you're looking for.

On LinkedIn, you can tell recruiters and hiring managers if you're looking for a job actively. You can tell them either publicly or privately that you're looking for a position that will pay to relocate you.

Updating your LinkedIn profile also gives you the opportunity to talk about what sorts of skills and certifications you have. If you have skills that are particular to your industry or particular to a region where you want to relocate, let that be known. Someone who wants to be relocated to Germany, who can speak German, who can also be a local ambassador for a company brings a lot of value in.

4. Include it in Your Application

While it's not included on every single application, many job applications leave a space available for talking about relocation. They will ask questions like "are you open to relocating." Make that an absolute "yes" on your part.

If there's room to leave a note, mention that you're actively looking for a position that can relocate you.

In a cover letter, mention that you're seeking to relocate and would want that to be included in your compensation package. When an employer reaches out to you, they will know in advance of whether you have any additional caveats for working with them in the future.

When you get an offer, check out a real estate website in advance so you know what a relocation package should be worth.

5. Start Networking Now

One of the best ways to get yourself relocated is to start networking now. People in your industry can be your best resource for finding good jobs. Start asking people you know, in explicit terms, about whether or not jobs that they've heard of will relocate people.

They might have been on the receiving end of a relocation package in recent years.

Sometimes when you get recommended by a specifically commendable or respectable employee, you can benefit from their referral. You'll come at a higher premium with the endorsement of a well-respected employee. Because of that, you can ask for more than the average employee might get.

If you want to be relocated, you might be able to ask for that outright during your interview. With the backing of someone at the company, you could get a little more than the average new hire.

Jobs That Pay For Relocation Are Hard To Find

If you're looking on your own, finding jobs that pay for relocation can be a struggle. If you take the effort to make yourself an exciting candidate on paper and online, you're sure to be able to attract employers even as you search for them.

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