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What to know about relocation assistance

  • June 28, 2012

What to know about relocation assistance

Moving out of state to begin a new job can be a difficult process. Finding the right moving van lines, learning about the new region and getting all your possessions in order can take a lot of time, energy and patience. However, in these less-than-ideal economic times, moving for the right job may be a wise move, even if it's not easy.

One thing that can help is if your future employer agrees to help compensate you in some way. Unfortunately, it can be tough for many people to ask for assistance without feeling like they are putting their new job in jeopardy. However, the right questions and expectations can drastically help a move.

With this in mind, here are few tips for identifying and receiving a good relocation offer.

Ask HR
Going directly to your future boss or the person who hired you can rightfully make you a little anxious. Therefore, directing your inquiries to HR can help you feel confident in your questions. Asking them if they have a document they typically use is a good way to broach the subject. Seeing if you can speak with someone at the company who recently went through a similar process is another good option.

One of the costliest parts of moving for a job is, well, the moving. Whether it's airfare or a rental car, you will likely need to spend a lot of money on transportation. It is best to look into reimbursement before you foot the bill yourself. If the company uses a specific airline or rental agency, for example, it is good to have this information as early as possible.

Home buying
If you are lucky, your future employer might even help in the process of buying a home. Whether this is connecting you with a real estate agent or even contributing some of the differential in prices compared to where you came from, this can be a huge service to you. Either way, they likely have information about good locations and deals in the area.

The gap between jobs can create a sticky situation in terms of insurance coverage. With relocating involved, it is quite important to see what your new job can offer in the way of health and travel insurance.

Moving expenses
Another thing to discuss with your future employer is reimbursement for hiring a household moving company. Many companies provide assistance in this regard, which can make the process a lot easier - and have you showing up for your first day in good spirits.


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