IT Relocation: Everything You Need to Know

what does it mean to relocate for a job

Relocation is a big decision. You may be moving to an area where you don’t know anyone, and need to find your way around the new environment. Planning for this involves more than just finding a place to live – it also includes getting used to the local customs, meeting people in your new community, and figuring out how things work in your new hometown or city.

According to a 2017 survey, IT professionals are twice as likely as the average worker to consider relocating.

More than half of these respondents said they would be willing to relocate if it meant that their family could benefit from better job opportunities and higher pay.

Twenty-three percent of IT workers said they’d move for more work/life balance; 20% said they’d do so for a cost of living decrease, and 19% were motivated by an increase in company benefits like health insurance or stock options.

While your reasons for moving may not align with those surveyed IT pros, you will still need certain information before taking on such a big task – particularly when it comes time to find jobs after relocation.

What needs to consider

There are many factors to consider when you start thinking about relocating for work.  Let’s dig into just a few of the things that can affect your decision-making process before you take on this big change.

  • How far is too far?
  • Do I have enough time to relocate?
  • If not, how much notice do companies require me to give them if they want an immediate relocation?
  • How much of the relocation process can I take care of myself?

Relocation Tips for IT workers

Start the process early and take your time with it. The more you plan ahead, the better off you will be when it comes time to do anything that requires coordination (like finding an apartment or moving out of your current one). It’s always helpful to get in touch with companies before you relocate, so they can give appropriate notice if necessary and also prepare themselves for what is coming their way.

Job Search For IT Relocation Packages

There are several ways IT professionals choose to go about searching for jobs while they are relocating.   Some look for opportunities on job boards, through recruiters, online search engines like Indeed .com, LinkedIn, etc., by directly contacting former employers who may have contacts in the IT sector in their new location, or even by going through recruiters specializing in IT relocation.

Many IT workers have a hard time finding jobs near where they are relocating because companies want to hire someone with experience and who can hit the ground running without too much of a learning curve when it comes to company norms and team structure.  However, there is another way you can get around this obstacle:   use your current job search skills but expand them beyond just searching for IT positions. By taking some time to explore what other types of jobs might be available in your destination city, you will not only find opportunities that make more sense given your skillset (and therefore less likely competition), but also improve your chances of getting hired quickly.