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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Relocating Internationally for a Job

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In today’s global workplace, moving abroad is becoming more and more appealing. However, every opportunity comes with its own benefits and challenges.

So, before you make a decision to relocate internationally for a job, ask yourself these questions. 

To read more blogs like this, visit our careers advice blog, Viewpoint: www.haysplc.com/viewpoint

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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Relocating Internationally for a Job

  1. In today’s global workplace, moving abroad is becoming more and more appealing. However, every opportunity comes with its own benefits and challenges. So, before you make a decision to relocate internationally for a job, ask yourself these questions. 8 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE RELOCATING INTERNATIONALLY FOR A JOB haysplc.com/viewpoint
  2. If you haven’t yet been offered a role by your current or potential employer, but are curious to find an overseas opportunity yourself, find out where your skills are most in demand first. Do your research, make a shortlist and go from there. You are far more likely to command a generous package if you move to a place where your skills are in short supply. 1. Where are your skills most in demand?
  3. What are you hoping to gain from this opportunity? Is it career enhancement, a lifestyle change or the appeal of gaining global experience? Once you know your objectives, you can weigh up whether this relocation and role will meet them. 2. Why do you want to relocate?
  4. If you have been offered a role, find out how long this assignment will take. Is the timeframe too short for achieving your goals? Is it too long? What other commitments do you have during this period? If you haven’t been offered something specific, then asking some of these questions can help shape your search. 3. How long do you plan on going for?
  5. Relocation as part of a career move is often not just a personal decision, but a decision that affects partners, children, parents and friends. If you have children, what is the local education system like? What are the work opportunities for your partner? How frequently do you need to return home? Can you work overseas for the week and go back at the weekend? 4. Who are you bringing with you?
  6. It is essential to do your research ahead of your move. What is happening in the local economy and market? Which places would suit your lifestyle? How long is your commute? Get access to ex-pat guides on the destination, join forums, and speak to local contacts on the ground to get practical tips and advice on living and working in the new location. 5. Have you done your homework?
  7. Will you need to learn a new language for your new role? Are there local customs that you need to learn about? These factors are certainly not something to be overlooked; many organisations will even provide cultural training sessions. This can make a huge difference to how quickly you adjust and how successful the move is. 6. What are the cultural differences that you need to be aware of?
  8. Is there a relocation package? What is and isn’t included? What is the cost of living in the new location? Break down everything you need to factor in with regards to the move, from shipping through to accommodation. You should then find out what support you will receive from your new employer to help you settle in. 7. What support will your new employer offer you?
  9. This is key. Can you spend a couple of weeks in the new location to help get a feel for the place? If so, take a trip there and use this time to ask yourself the above questions. You will have other questions that are personal to you, but these are a great start to shaping your decision making. Remember; don’t make your choice in isolation of friends, family, information and solid facts to back up your plans. 8. What’s your gut telling you?
  10. Good luck! International mobility often provides fantastic opportunity to broaden your experience both professionally and personally. Often, the benefits will far outweigh the disadvantages to making such a change, and when they do, you may never look back. If you found this advice useful, you may also enjoy these Viewpoint blogs: • Preparing a CV for international applications • Are you a ‘global citizen’? • 4 ways to grow yourself global
  11. ABOUT HAYS Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. With over 9,420 staff operating from 248 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialism's, last year we placed around 63,000 candidates into permanent jobs, and around 200,000 people into temporary assignments. haysplc.com

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