/ Asked by Caren
I am in the process of searching for a new job. I currently work full-time in retail and I am unhappy with my job for a number of reasons. My fiance is going to be transferred to California sometime soon. Right now I have a phone screen lined up for a new job but I am uncertain if I should continue because I'm unsure of how to handle potentially getting offered a new position only to find out a few months later than my fiance is moving across country and I would eventually go with him. My current job would allow me to transfer making it easier to relocate. Do you think I should stay with my current job and just wait it out or continue with the job search? Should I mention the possibility of moving during my phone screen?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 2, 2014
This is a difficult situation, but the best advice is ensure that you are happy with the work you are doing.  It is always a good idea to keep open as many options as possible.  I would go forward with the phone screen, but explain your situation up front to them.  That company may also be able to accomodate your likely move, whether it is allowing you to work remotely or connecting you with another location in California.  Regarding your current job, if they would allow you to transfer, I would not burn that bridge right now.  I would stay there, while going forward with your phone interview and see how that plays out.  It could be possible that you might be happier at the new location to which your current company would transfer you.  Bottom line, keep all options open, but always be up front and honest with any potential employers. 
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, May 5, 2014
I would recommend that you and your fiance determine the timeline prior to interviewing.  It is always helpful to be clear on your timeline to ensure everyone is on the same page.  There is nothing wrong with looking in the area you plan to move but not knowing when you can relocate could be an issue for the new employer.  You can tell the company you are moving in a few months and see if they will put you up with relocation so you can move sooner than your fiance.  That could be an option. I find being transparent is the best approach during the interview process. 

Best of luck.    
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, May 5, 2014
Since you only have a phone screen lined up it sounds like you’re early in the process. This early on, just put your best foot forward. Your goal is to pass the first round candidate elimination. If, after the first round, you or they decide it’s not a good fit then you will not have had to stumble over an explanation of your potential move and such. In a second round it’s clear they’re seriously considering you so you will owe it to them to be up front about your situation. One other point regarding the relocation of the current job: Research shows that people leave bosses more often than companies. If the relocation includes a change in supervisor you may have a completely different experience and end up loving the job.
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Friday, May 9, 2014
I think it is fine to explore different options, and once you know more about your next potential location determine best move from there. It sounds like your current employer is open to your relocation, which is always good to know.
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