CAREER EXPERT feat Chris Mead | Issue 57 of HEADHUNT

Dear Chris,

I’m working for a company here in Singapore for the past several years but would like to gain experience in an overseas market. I’m quite  interested in Australia but am open to other locations depending on the opportunities. Do you have any advice on relocating overseas? Is now a  good time to move? I know last year employers were reluctant to invest in overseas candidates.


Dear Georgina,

Thank you for your letter and I’ll start by saying you’re not alone. We’ve seen an increasing number of skilled professionals relocating in order to  secure their next career step. This goes for executive positions such as manager job and director job posts. 

For many professionals, relocation helps to realise personal career ambitions that cannot be achieved locally. The good news is that many  employers are again willing to consider overseas candidates due to skill shortages, particularly in Australia. There are an increasing number of  job ads stating that relocation assistance is available for the right person.

Most failed relocations are the result of poor preparation. Research into the lifestyle, climate, accommodation and recreational activities is just as  important as researching the employment market. 

1. Make sure jobs are available in your area of expertise: Talk to a recruiter and explore opportunities before packing your bags. I’ve heard many  stories of people expecting to find work once they arrive but unless you can fund your stay while you look for work, this only adds extra stress.  It will also make the experience much less enjoyable.

2. Be realistic in your salary expectations: Salaries differ by location, so make sure you are aware of typical market rates. Cost of living also  varies and needs to be taken into consideration. 

3. Consider lifestyle factors: Whether the relocation will offer a tree-change or a sea-change, the lifestyle available needs to be as agreeable as  the career advancement on offer.

4. Investigate the daily commute: If you want to move from a regional centre to a large city, it is likely you will spend a considerable amount of time  commuting to and from work. How will this impact you? What is the public transport like? Have you considered parking costs? 

5. Accommodate your partner’s career needs: Relocations often fail if a partner’s career needs are not met. 

6. Know what it’s really like to live there: A one to two week trip to your intended destination is an excellent way to get to know the place before  you commit to relocating there.  If you would like to look further into the opportunities available to you, we have offices in 28 countries. You can  refer to our website at for more information. Best of luck with it! 

Chris Mead
General Manager
HAYS Singapore

Connect To Us