/ Asked by Tanya
How important is that I be willing to relocate?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 6, 2016
I think the answer to this question depends on the type of job you are looking for. For most entry-level jobs, I think it is easy to find a job within your city that would not require you to relocate. This may vary based on your field of interest though. Some job fields are unique to specific geographic markets so you would need to be more willing to relocate in those cases.
If you are seeking out advancement opportunities, I think you need to be more flexible regarding relocation. For me personally, some of the most accomplished professionals I know had to relocate at one point in their career or take a job that required a lot of travel. I think this is all based on your desired career path and interests though. If you are not interested in relocating, be sure to research a company ahead of time or ask this question during an interview. Your career is your own so don't be afraid to create your own path.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, July 7, 2016
This is a great question, especially for someone starting off in their career. If you are open to relocation, you definitely increase your marketability for a role. Nowadays, there is a lot more flexibility in work arrangements, but there is also an increase in corporations preferring employees who are easily mobile to various office locations. Broadening your scope of work through relocating and learning new functions, as well as cultures, can strongly increase your value in the workplace. Keep in mind, relocation is usually discussed up front in an interview, if it is going to be a requirement. If you aren't sure, it never hurts to ask that question to the interviewer. If relocation is not something that you are interested in, or able to do, it is important to let the interviewer know that up front, so that you level set expectations and don't run into issues after you are hired. Relocation is more common in larger organizations with many offices that often include international locations. 
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, July 7, 2016
Great question! This depends on the type of career path you are looking for. Being more mobile can help open the door to promotional opportunities down the line. It is important to discuss upfront during your initial interview if the position requires you to relocate in the future to further your career. This is something to think about, make sure it’s the right job/company for you. Some companies look for talent that are easily mobile and some companies may not require you to relocate in the future. It’s all about personal preference and what you are interested in. Good luck!
Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Friday, July 8, 2016
Your ability to relocate is important to consider when developing your career path. Deciding on whether or not to relocate is both a personal and professional decision. To guide you, ask yourself the following: Is the company you are applying to or work for global? Will relocating help expand your career growth? Does being mobile support your personal life choices? Consider the alternatives to both decisions, however always keep an open mind as your professional and personal lives may change over the years. Additionally, while some companies seek to hire mobile talent, there are also a vast number of companies that look for individuals to grow with their organization with no expectation of relocating. When it comes to making the decision, it is important to be honest about your relocation preferences with prospective employers from the beginning of your job search so false expectations can be avoided. Eventually, the company that is the right fit for you in the right location will come along. Good luck to you!
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This very much depends on the type of role you’re applying for. First and foremost, spend a bit of time and think if relocating is something you would like to do. If so, approach a position that mentions relocation with an open mind. Most job postings will include this up front, and if not, very soon into the interview (if not, it’s definitely something you should ask). A recruiter or hiring manager is including this because the company has determined that its essential to the role to be in that location. If you have no intention of relocating, or just no intention of relocating to where they have indicated, it’s the wrong job to apply for. If you do not want to relocate at all, do not apply for a position that requires relocation. As I said, it’s been posted with a specific location for a reason and it’s a waste of your time, not to mention that of the recruiter or hiring manager, to enter into an interview process for which you have no intention of following through with. Lastly, one caveat to all of this. If the post lists the position as “location negotiable” or “open to location preferences”, etc., have the conversation early about what locations are open, and then determine if any of those locations you can live with!
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