I am a developer attempting to move from NYC to San Francisco (for a whole plethora of reasons). The companies (mid-sized tech startups) I've interviewed with don't offer a relocation package. Are there any alternatives I can ask for besides a relocation package?
For instance, can I ask for a few weeks' salary upfront? Or, alternatively, could I ask for relocation assistance as some sort of a signing bonus, and offer to have the employer cut out some percentage from my paycheck each week? This way, the company is not paying me any additional amount for relocating, since the upfront amount is eventually coming out of my salary, but my relocation expenses are covered.
Are there any other alternatives you know of that can help me out?