Multinational companies have offices in different states and in other countries. Many times, they post their vacancies in the company’s internal job portal. Although a lot of employees would want to be transferred or assigned to another office location for different reasons, only a few are selected to proceed with the move.
How can you make sure you’ll be selected to fill the job vacancy?
- Check if your qualifications meet the requirements. If you think you are a strong candidate, check with your immediate manager if it’s fine if you apply. The job posting will normally indicate if they will accept employees from other countries and if they will cover the relocation expenses. If the office hiring is only in another city or state, it will be easier for you to transfer. If it’s in another country however, take note that they will normally prioritize local candidates.
- If moving is your priority, tell them that you will handle most of the expenses. But if they can cover some of it, then that would be most welcome. Some companies support personally-initiated moves, especially if they want to retain the employee. The host office will also benefit from the experience and expertise of the employee because there will only be a little adjustment when it comes to training and office culture.
A lot of big firms provide a little relocation support for these type of move. For example, economy-class airfare plus a one-time $2,500 allowance. This is only a small fraction of a full-mobility support, but will definitely help with the move. And you can always save money by renting a personal truck from Penske, for example, than hiring a shipping company to bring your things to your new apartment.
- Form a good connection with the bosses from other offices. Usually, Partners of the firms make regular visits to different offices. If you have the opportunity to present yourself and the job that you do, make sure that you are presenting your best self. Make a great impression. These partners and executives may remember you once they have openings that fit your qualifications. They are the ultimate decision makers and they have a say on the entitlements that will be provided to you. They may also be the ones to guide you once you transfer offices.