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deeprig9
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HR and Business Folks- need advice
Scenario:

Mid-size national company has branches all over the place.

Job is offered to me at location B, but I really want to be at location A, but they aren't hiring.

I'm willing to commute an hour to location B with the understanding I would be first in line for a future opening at Location A.

Like a "first right of refusal" or something like that.

What is the business term for something like this? What is the best way to broach this with the regional hiring director?


Asking for a friend, by the way.


tke857
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re: HR and Business Folks- need advice
Whatever you do if they agree to that then it needs to be in your offer letter with their signatures on it.


tokenBoiler
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What is the business term for something like this?
A mark. Or maybe a rube.
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What is the best way to broach this with the regional hiring director?
Put a "Kick me" sign on your back.

Until it happens, you should figure a promise isn't happening.

If you'd be willing to take the job at location B, even if you know you'll never move to location A, then take it.


Bob Sacamano
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Get it in writing. Many times promises are made and never actually happen.


Slagathor
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Whatever you do if they agree to that then it needs to be in your offer letter with their signatures on it.
This x 1 million. The guy that promised you this move is probably going to be gone to his promised move by the time your preferred spot opens up.

I would say that you're the 'preferred internal candidate for that location's next vacancy.'


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TechBullDawg
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re: HR and Business Folks- need advice
What difference does it make what the terminology is, they will have no obligation to let you make a lateral location move unless it's in your employment contract.


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shel311
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What is the best way to broach this with the regional hiring director?
Do you know if this is at least somewhat normal or have you seen/heard of it in your company/industry?

If not, this may not be a wise play.

And like others said, if you do get it, I'd argue not just getting it "in writing" but having it in your offer letter for the position to location B. It can't just be an email where they can just say, "Well, things changed and we can't do it now." It has to be a process where they're obligated to do it as part of your employment.


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deeprig9
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re: HR and Business Folks- need advice
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Get it in writing. Many times promises are made and never actually happen.



I interned at location A, know all of them, was offered job right out of the internship at location C. Politely declined, kept bridges unburned. Now, they still don't have anything at A, or C, only B.

And when I say "I", what I mean is my friend.

I wouldn't take the job at location B if there weren't an understanding that I would get first right of refusal for a future opening at A. The commute just isn't worth it. Would just stay where I'm at.


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Jon Ham
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I would secure the job at location B before raising the issue that you eventually want to end up at location A. Then, once you get the job and prove your value, put in the request. This will give you a better shot to land the job and likely won’t reduce your chances of being able to transfer.


deeprig9
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I would secure the job at location B before raising the issue that you eventually want to end up at location A.



The issue was already raised in the first contact.... when I emailed her to ask if anything had opened up at A yet, and she said no, but if you want the job at B it is yours.



Jon Ham
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So the one HR manager is aware of your preference. That’s different then demanding a special clause in your contract. If I was an employer, I’d give the job to the guy who wasn’t making such a demand if all things were otherwise pretty much equal.


castorinho
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If you'd be willing to take the job at location B, even if you know you'll never move to location A, then take it.
this is the bottom line. Don't take the job unless you're willing to work at location B for a long time.


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Pax Regis
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In business terms that’s called a boondoggle.

Enjoy your one hour commute.


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CoachChappy
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The issue was already raised in the first contact.... when I emailed her to ask if anything had opened up at A yet, and she said no, but if you want the job at B it is yours.


Just get it in writing with signatures. Its really easy. My wife even managed to get it done when she was hired by her company 6 years ago. 2 years in a place at her desired location opened and she go the job.


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deeprig9
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If I was an employer,



Thanks for helping me eliminate your opinion from consideration.


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Koach K
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W2 = ‘thank you sir may I have another’ at-will employee


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dgnx6
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writing with signatures


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