I just landed an international job, but how do I negotiate a fair relocation package?

The value of your relocation package is heavily tied to your industry, with NGOs and small firms providing less compensation than multinationals, national governments and international organizations. The best advice I can give you is to speak to others who are currently working in your field in your host country (ideally those working with your prospective employer). Ask your employer for references from their employees posted abroad. Research the norms in your industry by contacting your trade association. Speak to other expats  and research relocation services. See the resource lists Expatriate Networking Sites and Relocating Abroad (for registered users).

Keep in mind that no employer is likely to meet all your expectations. Relocation problems are just part of the process when you move abroad. You are going to run into things that you will not be happy with. Experienced international employees learn to take these relocation problems in stride and remain loyal to their employer (even if the air conditioner has not been working for more than two weeks!).

Best regards,

Full question: 

I have been offered a mid-level contract management position abroad. They are preparing a relocation package, but what should I be asking for in terms of relocation expenses, accommodation, etc? I don’t want to ask for too much, but I want to make sure that I am comfortable. 

-Male, 29, Seattle, WA