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How important is location/travel flexibility in the hiring process these days?


Stephen Revelas Chula Vista, CA

For many just leaving the military, the family is demanding some stability and will want to stay in one spot and see their parent on a regular basis. Is it a showstopper to tie oneself down to a location initially? When is the proper time to discuss near-term goals that may restrict flexibility in making a move?

30 April 2020 4 replies Career Advancement



George Stalter Katy, TX


It's highly dependent on the role and scope of work. People in rotational roles (going offshore for 28 days on/off) live wherever they prefer and fly into the region where they are assigned. And I've worked with consultants/contractors that fly in on Monday and leave Thursday/Friday based on the project so that also gives flexibility on living arrangements.

However, some of our regional businesses will be less likely to allow remote living (out of state or area) since they have more traditional operating activities (e.g. 5 days a week, office based).

So to add to Pree's note, I would also review job type along with your preferred living location. This is also a good question to ask during the hiring process.


Victoria Okotie Houston, TX

It would very much depend on the industry or role. More roles in the IT industry accommodate remote working. Flexibility going forward may be changing after the lockdown as more companies are seeing their benefit. However I would recommend you target cities where your industry of interest is well known. For instance in Texas, the medical and oil industry affords more job opportunities as opposed to Austin which is known for IT. That way, you can limit constant movement of the family to follow the job...based on my personal experience.


Stephen Revelas Chula Vista, CA

Thanks, Pree. Quick followup and please forgive my ignorance: How do employers indicate that remote work is a possibility (even if not preferred)?


Pree Newton Houston, TX

Hi Stephen,

Knowing where you want to reside long term is something, I think you should pinpoint prior to looking for a position. If you are open to relocating based on the job then that gives you more flexibility. Most companies are going to assume that if you are applying to their position in "x-location" then that is where you plan to reside. Hope this answers your question.

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