Relocation- Are You Sure?
One of the most overused clichés in our business is the age old testament:
“I am willing to relocate for the RIGHT opportunity!” What, as opposed to the WRONG opportunity? I hear that time and again each and every day, each and every week. And I ask candidates if they can identify what the RIGHT opportunity is and they answer, “I’ll know it when I hear it, ” instead of telling me what the right opportunity is. Now occasionally I will call that candidate with the RIGHT opportunity but tell them that they will have to relocate. All of a sudden it is not the right opportunity.
Look, there has to be a balance between your professional life and your personal life. Sadly I have seen too many people laser focused on their professional career at the expense of personal happiness. I have seen too many VPs at the top of their profession who left a legacy of personal heartache in their wake. And I have had so many people tell me that they would trade everything in for a chance to recapture their old lives- living in a community they love, spending time with their families, enjoying weekends off and making an income that would provide for their families’ needs.
Now I ask all of you who would relocate for the RIGHT opportunity: why? If you are happy, if you have a great work / life balance, if your family is entrenched in a happy and comfortable lifestyle in a community they love, and if you have the means to afford them a prosperous life now and in the future, you have the RIGHT opportunity right in your hands! Why would you give that up? For what- career advancement? Is it worth it?
I get it- some people are looking for new challenges in their careers. But at what expense? I’m sorry, but in my opinion, no job, nor promotion, nor career advancement, nor relocation for the RIGHT opportunity should come at the expense of your family and personal happiness. Take stock of where you are, and always act with your personal happiness in mind.
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