4 Factors to Consider with a Relocation

Being a recruiter in this tight talent market has been a whirlwind! I am seeing a massive need for talent from my clients and other organizations in the market. The unemployment rate is currently sitting at 3.6 percent, and we are experiencing the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.

One of my most rewarding placements this year was my first-ever relocation. When I spoke to my candidate initially, who was in Oklahoma, I asked what his career goals were and if he would be interested in a relocation across the country.

I am not too familiar with the landscape, culture, or communities in Oklahoma; however, my candidate expressed a strong desire to be somewhere that offers a great work-life balance and in an area that provides an exciting outdoor lifestyle for his family.

We understand all the factors in a relocation

Identifying the initial drivers of WHY someone is currently looking to leave their current location is an excellent indication of whether it will be a good opportunity for them. At Johnson Search Group, we pride ourselves in knowing the clients we work with and the communities they operate within. It’s our responsibility to be familiar with the communities, schools in the area, housing market, and other factors that may attract a candidate to that area.

Over 7 million Americans willingly move to further their careers each year. With today’s severe talent shortage, it may be time for your team to consider relocating candidates to fill your open positions. There are four major factors we consider when working with candidates that require a relocation.


Is the candidate willing to move within a reasonable amount of time? Is our client going to move our candidate through the process quickly? Time kills all deals! Relocations are not for everyone. Therefore, we must ensure both our candidates and clients are committed to a relocation to guarantee a successful placement.


Is the family of our candidate on-board with the move? Are there extended family members who would have a say in whether our candidate is going to move, and is the spouse on board as well? Will the spouse also need to find work in the new location? When relocating a candidate, you are often uprooting an entire family. There are countless hurdles due to family we must address before moving candidates through the relocation process.


Is our client willing to pay for a relocation? And is our candidate within the salary range our client is willing to pay? Salary is usually the most significant draw or deal-breaker in a relocation. It can be challenging to navigate the financial aspect of a relocation. The cost of living usually plays a BIG factor in a relocation. That’s why our recruiting team always communicates this with our candidates before we submit them to ensure they understand what they will be making and how much it costs to live in their new home.


Speaking of home, we have to make sure our candidates are on board with the location. We do our due diligence with the information our candidates share to give them the pros and cons of the area. At Johnson Search Group, we always want our candidates to be able to make an educated decision on the opportunity. We never submit a candidate to a job without them being 100% sold on their potential new location.

Let us help with your relocation

At Johnson Search Group, our team of recruiters works with relocations every day. We understand the challenges associated with a relocation and have relocated candidates all across the country. So, if you’re struggling to find candidates in your local talent pool, give us a call. We can discuss what a relocation can look like for your organization and how to successfully recruit candidates outside of your market. Or if you are a candidate looking to make a move to a new location, check out our job board. We have hundreds of opportunities across the U.S. that may be a perfect fit for you!


Why You Should Consider Relocating Candidates

Many employers are finding themselves falling victim to the skills shortage. According to the  U.S. Department of Labor, 75% of surveyed employers reported a shortage of skilled workers. If your company is struggling to hire the talent your team needs, we urge you to consider offering relocation benefits. Here are three reasons why relocating qualified candidates could be the right solution for your company’s hiring needs.

Relocation Increases Your Talent Pool

With the talent market as tight as it is, it can be challenging to find qualified candidates in your local market. By opening up your recruiting efforts, the world becomes your oyster! You can find candidates with just the right mix of experiences and skills. Candidates from other locations will also bring expertise from a wider variety of competitors, bringing fresh and new ideas to your team.

People Are Willing To Move

According to data from the Census Bureau, more than 35 million people move in the U.S. every year, and about 20% of those people move to further their careers. Millennials are particularly prone to relocation and are 50% more likely to move for a new job than non-millennials. And people are willing to move to all sorts of different locations. You would be surprised at the number of candidates we talk to that are looking for a change of scenery; whether that’s to a more rural location, a bustling city, or a cozy suburb.

Relocating Helps Your Local Community

Bringing new people to your community is a massive boost to your local economy. New candidates often need a place to live, a school for their kids, and a place for their spouse to work. They also bring an influx of cash, which goes to supporting your local businesses. Many of the job seekers we speak to our looking to move to a new community that they can make an impact on. Sometimes, your community can be your biggest selling feature you can use to attract candidates that you simply cannot find locally.

Need assistance in formulating a relocation recruiting strategy? Our recruiting team here at Johnson Search Group is ready to go to work for you and your team. We have coordinated relocations for thousands of candidates and are passionate about bringing you the talent you need. Contact us for more information!

Relocating For A Job? Here’s What You Need To Know

Relocating For A Job? Here’s What You Need To Know

Relocating For A Job? Here’s What You Need To Know

In case you haven’t heard, the hiring market is hot right now. If you have been thinking about making a move, now is a perfect time! However, relocation always involves multiple factors. Here are a few things you should consider when approached with a relocation, from the interview process to the actual move!

Involve your family

Whenever you’re considering a relocation, before you make any official decisions it’s important to talk about it with everyone involved. Whether you will have people making the move with you, or just loved ones who would be affected by your move, discuss it with them during the interview process.

Understand relocation costs

If you are relocating for a job, it’s essential to understand costs. If your new employer is covering some or all of your moving costs, that will be discussed during the hiring process and explained in your offer letter. If they are not covering costs, you need to establish a personal budget to following during the move. We love this article that breaks down the true cost of relocating.

Do your research

Before you pack your bags, research the area you’ll be relocating to. Contact local realtors to inquire about school districts and the housing market. Local social media groups are also a great place to reach out and get some insider information on the location! The more you know about the area, the more it will feel like home once you settle in.

Get organized

Once you’ve talked with your family, figured out costs, and do your research on the area, it’s time to commit to the move and make a plan. Create a timeline and make lists of everything that will need to be done before you move. It’s a big decision for companies to hire a non-local candidate and they appreciate your dedication to starting the job on time and with minimal hiccups along the way.

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Considering A Career Move?

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There are a lot of factors that can go into helping you make the right decision. This age-old method can be very useful in everyday decisions, but I find it invaluable in considering a career move. Make it as simple as considering the pros and cons of your next step. Here are a few things to keep in mind when contemplating a shift in your career.

Research is key

If you have found yourself considering new employment, research is critical. Learning as much as you can about your prospective employer and the community can help you make the right decision, for both your professional and personal life.

First, why are you looking? Management, growth opportunity, stability? You can do some research and ask yourself those questions to get to the bottom of your job search.

What types of things do you enjoy? Look at the local area for things to do that fit your interests. It’s just important to find a community and environment that matches your lifestyle.

As a recruiter in the Mining and Heavy Industrial space, I try to provide my candidates with as much information as possible. I try to help the process be less about leg work and more about being excited about the new opportunity and location.

We have written a number of articles on dusting off your resume and interviewing tips. Here are a few that will help you through the job search process:

Think of the big picture

If your favorite pastime is fishing, and your prospective job is in the fishing capital of the world, with more time off and a competing company, you’ve checked off the personal and professional boxes, it might be time for a career move.

If you’re looking at a company with no growth potential, and a big component of you considering another career is that your current job has become stagnant, this just might not be the right role for you.

I’m proud to say that I’ve seen each of my coworkers here at JSG help candidates make informed decisions about their career and life moves. If you’re reading this and part of that group considering making a move, get ahold of one of us here or check out our jobs board. Let us help you with your next career move. In any event, good luck with your job search!