Scaling The Ladder

Moving away to move up

An increasing number of skilled professionals are relocating to secure their next career step.

For many professionals, relocation helps to realise personal career ambitions that cannot be achieved locally. During a downturn, more people than ever are flexible about the locations where they would consider working.

People are willing to relocate to revitalise and advance their career in opportunities that simply arenít available to them in their present location.

But it is not just jobseekers who see the benefits of relocating for a work opportunity. When the candidate market tightens in the face of rising job numbers, it is inevitable that widespread skills shortages will re-emerge and candidate attraction will become a significant focus for employers in the war for talent.

Job advertisements will then state that relocation assistance is available for the right person.

Fast-tracked career opportunities and strong employment prospects attract people who are keen on advancing their career.

Employers are willing to consider candidates from abroad and offer competitive relocation deals.


Most failed relocation experiences are the result of poor preparation.

Candidates should do their research into the lifestyle, climate, accommodation and recreational activities of the country in which they want to work. It is just as important as researching the employment market.

If you are thinking of relocating for your career, consider the following:

  • Make sure jobs are available in your area of expertise. Talk to a recruiter and explore opportunities before packing your bags.
  • Be realistic in your salary expectations. Salaries differ from location to location, so make sure you are aware of typical market rates. Cost of living also varies and needs to be taken into consideration.
  • Consider lifestyle factors. Whether the relocation will offer a tree change or a sea change, the lifestyle available needs to be as agreeable as the career advancement on offer.
  • Investigate the daily commute. If you want to move from a regional centre to a large city, it is likely you will spend a considerable amount of time commuting to and from work. How will this impact you? What is the public transport like? Have you considered parking costs?
  • Accommodate your partnerís career needs. Relocations often fail if a partnerís career needs are not met.
  • Know what it is really like to live there. A one- to two-week trip to your intended destination is an excellent way to get to know the place before you commit to relocating there. - Source: Singapore Straits Times/Asia News Network

Article by Chris Mead, general manager of Hays in Singapore. Hays is a leading global specialist recruiting group.