As many as 15% of mid- to senior-level job seekers who found new employment in 2009 had to relocate, according to a study by Right Management, the talent and career management arm of Manpower, the global leader in employment services.
While job seekers were challenged with a tough employment market last year, some may find it reassuring that relocation choices are consistent with data tracked prior to the recession. “Surprisingly, this trend has not changed much over recent years,” said Melvin Scales, Senior Vice President for Global Solutions at Right Management.
Relocation, it seems, is not a reflection of any single market. Rather, it an indication of a candidate’s fit for a new position. As a key factor of the flexibility and complexity of today’s workforce, relocation may, however, continue to emerge as an optimal choice for individuals facing increasing workplace competition.
Some may consider relocating a wonderful adventure. Others may find it either disruptive or virtually impossible, due to family or monetary constraints. According to Scale, job seekers “accept a job requiring a move only if the offer is generous or the opportunity is compelling.”
So, carefully determine what is most important in your life. Then, whatever the case — whether you are considering relocating or reinventing yourself so that you don’t have to relocate – realize that your first step is the most important step . . . get your resume in working order!