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Relocate

It is an exciting prospect to live and work in a new location, whether in your home country or abroad. Meeting local expectations for resumes, background experience, language skills, and knowledge of the geographical region is a way to let potential employers know that you are fully engaged in the prospect of living and working in the area and completely prepared to contribute to their work.

It is also important to identify and reflect on the reasons why you want to work in the new location. Workers are extremely mobile in the 21st century marketplace; it is not unusual to seek experience anywhere in the world. Let the potential employer know why this is a great next step for you and your related experience that you bring. You might note, for example, the region’s dynamic potential in your field; the opportunity to contribute your skills and grow professionally by working in the new environment; language skills and cross-cultural understanding that position you as a strong candidate.

Important Relocation Factors to Consider

Knowledge of the Location

Learn as much as you can about the new location, including:

  • Cost of living, economic outlook and average salaries
  • Neighborhoods and transportation
  • Language(s) spoken
  • Political issues
  • Local employers
  • Places positions are posted

Hiatt’s Career Resource Index has suggested resources for popular U.S. cities.

Going Global offers specialized information on jobs and internships in 34 countries across fields, industries, and organizations. Going Global also provides invaluable resources on employment trends, interviews, work visas, and country-specific resumes. To access Going Global, log in to B.hired > Resources.

Networking

You may have few personal contacts in your target city or country.

  • Put your network to work. Discuss your interests in working in a new location with your contacts – family, faculty, alumni, friends, current or former work colleagues. 
  • Reach out to Brandeis alumni in your desired location.

Visits

If you are planning to move to a new place for an extended period, it is advisable to visit at least once before committing yourself to the move.

  • During your visit, get a sense of the culture, neighborhoods, and expenses.
  • Research potential employers.
  • Maximize the efficiency of your visit by setting up appointments with multiple people and organizations.
  • If you are unable to visit your target location initially to get a feel for the area, networking is all the more important.

Certification and License Restrictions

If you hold a certification or licensure from a state or national organization, check to see if it is recognized or transferable in your location of choice. For example, a Massachusetts secondary teaching license is often recognized internationally, and transferable within the United States, but each state and country has its own regulations. In Rhode Island, it would be accepted after a bit of official paperwork, but in California you would also have to take and pass CSET.

Language Skills

Assess your level of ability to speak the language(s) of your target location, especially related to the type of work you want to do.

Work Restrictions

You may have to obtain visas or other types of documents to work in another country – whether your work is paid or unpaid – from your employer or internship sponsor. These processes can take many months to complete.  Research the requirements and time frame for the process. Do not under any circumstances engage in work without these legal documents.

Featured Resources

FindYourSpot.com - An 8-page online quiz evaluates your preferences regarding weather, culture, region, transit, etc. and delivers a list of locations for you to consider.

Home Fair - Links to resources on planning a move, including help on finding a new home, evaluating moving companies, cost of living and demographic information for different regions and cities and school directories.