For IT Job-Hunters, Relocation Is a Family Affair

The big decision about whether to relocate for a new IT leadership job often depends on decisions made at home.

Scott Bond, an IT director who's currently consulting while in transition, is staying put. When he's been offered job opportunities that required relocation in the past, Bond's answer has always been a polite, "No, thank you."

That's how Bond has dealt with the age-old question of whether IT managers should relocate for new jobs. Some see relocation as essential to an IT executive's career path; Bond doesn't.

When asked if his family would consider moving, Bond jokes, "My wife and I have four generations represented within the Philadelphia area, and, no, they would not relocate with us. They all have careers, too!"

For Bond it boils down to a work-life balance issue. "We chose to put down roots to provide stability and a closer proximity to as many family members as possible," Bond says. "We love the greater Philadelphia area. With that in mind, I am confident that my next great opportunity will come from my home region."

As an IT leader who has successfully consulted while also consistently going on job interviews, Bond has worked toward making his wish a reality. However, as noted in a previous article, resisting relocation could be career-limiting because there are only so many C-level positions available in one city.

Tom Murphy, former CIO of AmerisourceBergen, says it's difficult to "stay local or even regional" and find a global CIO role. "I'm open to relocation because it provides the highest likelihood of finding the right job. By 'right job,' I mean the right role with the right company with the right cultural fit and the right reporting relationship."

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