Relocation in the job market has always been an option, and today more and more professionals are considering making moves across the nation for great opportunities and career growth. While relocating can be a risk, it can also bring great rewards, as one is not just transitioning to a new job, but to a new life. If you are thinking about relocating for a job, there is much to consider.
Make a Plan
In preparation for any big move, it is wise to create a plan. Evaluate the pros and cons of relocating to a certain area and establish a timeline and budget. This will help in the process of finding a perfect scenario for relocation. Along with a relocation plan, the key is to know exactly what you’re getting into with your new job and the new city.
In order to begin planning, you must gather information regarding the job and your potential new home. To do this, try to speak with as many people as possible at your interviews. Additionally, ask as many questions it takes to get all the information you need about the job itself, so there are no surprises. Moving for a job can be a big deal and employers know this, so it is best to gather as much knowledge as you can about the job and location up front before making a decision.
Consider Every Angle
Though relocating for a job brings benefits, having a significant other or children can add layers of complexity to the relocation decision. Think hard about making the move if you still have kids in grade school, as it often takes children a longer time to adjust. Also, in order to make a sound relocation decision, cost of living, weather conditions, family and friends all must be contemplated.
Cost of living varies from place to place, so doing proper research on average local salaries can provide the information needed to afford, and make a smooth transition. Additionally, you can calculate the cost of living for a specific place through the cost of living index available online. Similarly, weather conditions are motivators for candidates, and it is certainly something to ponder when considering relocation. If you are moving to a place with drastic weather differences (East Coast to West Coast or vice versa), it may take some time to adjust to a new climate. Finally, having a corporate relocation package can be a big push, can often help in relocation planning. Understanding the complete package is very important and makes for a painless move.
Relocation Can Be Beneficial
In my job as a recruiter, I have the opportunity to help candidates find jobs across the nation, and often times I call people who live outside of the job area and let them know about the positions. In certain cases, some professionals are rooted, and cannot relocate. Others, however, are interested in making a move. One of the best experiences I have had was helping an EDI professional relocate from Virginia to Texas to be with his father who had just been diagnosed with cancer. I was able to get him a job in Dallas, and was very thankful to help his parents in a great time of need. It was a very rewarding experience that also went very smoothly for the candidate, who was grateful for the opportunity.
Overall, research and developing a plan with a timeline and budget are large factors when preparing for relocation to a new job. Without proper research, you might end up moving to a place you don’t like very much, or to a job that isn’t a great fit. Additionally, through adequate investigation, you may find the salary you’ve accepted will not allow you to maintain your lifestyle. There are job opportunities everywhere, so the question is: where do you want to work?
Have you ever relocated for a job? What was your experience?
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