It’s not uncommon for a developer to receive a linkedin spam. I have a few filters which direct most of the trendy ways to spam people to a special folder. 70% of linkedin spam letters I receive contain offerings from “international”, “successful” companies – filtering based on these words was a huge timesaver for me.
Recently, I’ve received a message from a recruiter “revealing” me as a person interested in relocation.
I recognize that kind of approach as another trend and apart from adding a new e-mail filter (“relocation”), I analyze why it should not work for the grown-ups.
You’re selling it wrong
From sales perspective I can understand this move as a random value proposition. The guess is based on Ukrainian people generally feeling less secure than before and willing to do something about that (you probably know about Russia invading Ukraine).
This post is a clear objection and seeing an objection from a person you’re trying to sell something to is a clear sign you’re trying to sell to early. Meaning: ask about what is valuable first.
To save some time to all the sane future recruiters, I’m writing this opus. If you’re reading this and you’re a recruiter – let’s talk, I already like you for doing some homework ; )
What is in relocation for me
Case 1: US
Recently my company decided not to sponsor my H1B (for those who’re not knowledgeable: H1B is USA visa which is considered to be one of the ways to become a citizen in the end).
Given that we talked about this for a year, my feeling towards the news best can be approximated by childhood stuff: “I am no longer a beloved kid”.
Depending on circumstances, I would qualify that as a hit to one of the stages of Maslow’s pyramid:
- Love and belonging
WUT: Nothing about safety and security here! You’re selling it wrong!
Love and belonging theme in this case is related to a bunch of teammates from the US which I love to work with and seeing them in person would feel awesome.
Thus, if I’m not in love with your company – offering me to relocate is a clear bump in self-esteem. Unfortunately, telling me that you feel I am interested – is kind of doing stuff on my territory which has nothing to do with bumping my self-esteem ; )
Case 2: Poland
A few years ago I was offered to relocate to Poland (by the company I already worked for). It clearly affected my self-esteem at first.
I also perceived it as a growth opportunity, but then they’ve made me wait half a year and I’ve quit. As growth opportunities and illusions of such are different things : )
Case 3: Japan
A random approach by a recruiter. Salary after tax would be less than I earn and that’s given that Japan is more expensive.
Could have worked 5 years ago when I was huge Anime / Japanese fan.
Case 4: Self induced
I’ve just returned from 3.5 month long trip to south-east Asia. Changing location every month or so was a huge productivity boost for me. Budget was around $1000 per month per two of us.
Generalization of my relocation experience
It is often viewed as a value proposition by a [potential] employer.
From my experience when somebody believes, you’re receiving something of value, they’re asking for something in return. So most of the offers of relocation would assume lesser salary.
Exception to this rule will be a company which is already realizing a lot of value from your relationship so they are willing to go an extra mile to make you stay.
What is in relocation for other people
One fact is that I know a lot of people who move around south east Asia year round without selling their soul to any company.
There’s a famous psychological fallacy of considering actions of others to be directed by whatever selfishness they have and your actions to be directed by the sheer good intentions.
Thus, I won’t say a thing here. I don’t understand other people and all I can do is ask them to comment.
What to do if I am a a recruiter?
Uhm. Try to talk to me like I am a normal person?
I’ve suggested this to a few recruiters and they responded with a statement that they’re just playing the numbers game in match making. More tries meaning more hires.
Playing that numbers game in this way of cold-approaching as many people as possible makes you less godlike!
As I have said so many times, God doesn’t play dice with the world. (c) Einstein
Every pick up artist knows that cold approaching people is less efficient than having some warm up (like eye contact). You can try the same approach with engineers.
What if I would like to relocate?
Go for it. All the experiences, actions and changes count towards becoming a better version of yourself.
If you’re relocating to Ukraine – talk to me : )
In the age of connectedness and free floating ideas location is just a tiny detail which can be easily tuned on your own.
Think twice: if you are concerned about changing the location of your body – who will be changing the world?