What to Consider Before Relocating for a Job

RelocationYou’ve been offered a new job, one with the pay you’ve always desired at a company that seems fresh and innovative, but you’re hesitant for one reason, and rightfully so; you would have to move. The possibility of relocating for a job is something that most people in the corporate world will have to face at least once during their career, whether they take the job or not. Oftentimes the offers are extremely enticing and could provide substantial career opportunities, but other aspects of your life may cause you to second guess your initial instinct to go straight to the money.

When you’re thinking about relocating for a job, you have to consider your family and friends, as well as your current position. Making sure that this new position is the right choice for you can be extremely difficult. After all, you want to make a decision that would improve your life, and the lives of your loved ones. However, if you’re comfortable at your current job, you may not want to risk being unhappy at a new one.

Consider these following questions to help you decide whether or not you should relocate for a job:

Do they talk about the future with you?

When a company is offering you a full-time position, you always want to know that they’re planning on keeping you around for the long haul. However, it is especially important to know what to expect when relocating for a job. Make sure that they are invested in you and that respect your life outside of the office.

A good employer should also understand the sacrifices that come along with relocating. If they offer to pay relocation fees in order to assist you in the move, that should give you a pretty good indication that they are dedicated to having you on the team. Usually they won’t just throw away money on someone they don’t think will have a future in their business.

Have you researched their past successes?

Knowing the company’s reputation is extremely important. If you research them and you find out that they have negative reviews from people in the industry, then it is most likely not a good idea to pick up and change your life for them. Therefore, do some research into whether or not they are the type of company you want to work with. If you feel strongly about climbing the corporate ladder and building connections with the people high up in your industry, make sure that they are greatly involved in doing the same. Do they attend industry conferences? Do they have well-known employees, and can they actually make an impact at these gatherings?

How would the new city compare to your current location?

The biggest general concern among all of the questions surrounding relocating for a job would be what the new city would mean for you and your family. For employees who are on their own without a family, this would be much less of a concern. However, many people consider relocating with a family beside them. Finding out the costs of living there―the state income tax, property taxes, sales tax and the housing market―is extremely important. Make sure that the school district in the area also offers the best education that you can provide your children.

If you feel as though the new salary you obtain would be able to provide a comfortable living for you and your family, the choice is yours. However, if the salary would make necessities like groceries or bills challenging, turning down the job may be your best option.

There are many factors to consider when relocating for a job, but these are just a few of the main ones that you should think about before making a decision. Other considerations include whether or not the company is financially stable, and the impact your industry has on the new city you’d be working in. You want to move for a job that will have a positive impact on your life in every aspect. You don’t want your new career choice to negatively affect your family or your entire career.

If you have been offered a position that would require relocation and you are having a hard time deciding which way is the best to go, speak with knowledgeable and helpful career professionals today!

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Simply picking up and leaving is romantic when you’re young, but as you come into your own and have bills to pay and mouths to feed, it’s a lot more difficult to work out the logistics of a move. At Doostang, we advise you to always look before you leap! However, we also recognize that sometimes circumstances may dictate that you have to leave on short notice, and without a job lined up.  If you thought finding a job in your own hometown was difficult, finding employment in a new one is even tougher.  You won’t know as many people and you will have a myriad of other things to juggle with the move.  Here’s some advice on how to lessen the burden of finding a job in a new town:

Do Your Research

Before you pack up and leave, try to do as much research as you can about the city where you are moving.  Figure out what the hot industries are, which companies call the shots, and whom you might be able to contact to help get you in the door.  The more you get to know your new city, the less likely you are to feel like a deer in headlights once you get there.  Try to gain your bearings prematurely, and you’ll be primed to hit the ground running.

Grow Your Network

Yes, networking is tricky enough from the comfort of your hometown, but it’s important to reach out a little bit before your big move. Try to leverage the network you have to help you meet people in your new city.  Make it a goal to get in touch with a short list of new people, so that when you get to your destination you can immediately start to grow your social network. The more people you know, the more opportunities you will have access to, and the more individuals you will have on your side looking out for your best interests.

Reach Out to College Career Centers

Oftentimes, college career centers will be happy to help recent graduates who have moved to a new city.  Check to see which ones are around you, and stop by for an informational meeting.  Your own college may also have a reciprocity program with another school in your new area, so look into that as well.

Consider Temporary Work

If nothing seems to pan out, don’t be afraid to take on temporary work.  This is another great way to establish connections and get your foot in the door with your new city’s job industry.  Don’t take just any old job out of desperation, but find something for the interim that keeps you busy, gives you face time with people, and perhaps teaches you a few new skills.

Have a Solid Plan

You should put together a plan for your new life in the new city, including your living expenses and how far your money will take you while you don’t have a job.  It’s also important to bear in mind an exit strategy if worse comes to worst.

Making a big move is exciting and presents a multitude of opportunities.  It can be stressful as well, but do your best to plan ahead and do the leg work before – as well as after – you get to your destination, and you will certainly lighten your load.

Bon voyage,

The Doostang Team

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Thinking of Relocating? Location, Location, Location

 

When searching for the perfect job, it’s important not to forget one key component: geography.  Where you are and where you’re looking can have a huge impact on the work you eventually find.  It’s important to consider the upsides to where you’re currently located, as well as the upside to packing your bags and relocating!

Look Elsewhere

If you find that you’re just not landing the position you want, figure out if you’re searching in the right place.  Perhaps you’re having a difficult time finding a job in academia – consider moving your search into a college town or a suburban area with lots of public schools.  If you want to go into entertainment, perhaps you should be scouring opportunities in Southern California instead of Southern Iowa.  When looking for jobs, it’s easy to forget to look outside the boundaries of our own neighborhood.  Contemplating relocation might be difficult, but it might just be the solution.

It’s Not Forever

It’s important, too, to realize that relocating is not something that’s “forever” if you don’t want it to be.  For example, if you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism, it’s often the case that you have to relocate to a smaller market, which may require moving to the middle of nowhere.  But as you gain experience and recognition, you can transition to a bigger market in a bigger city.  Sometimes you need to get your start in a place where you don’t see yourself staying long term – remember that it’s just the first step.

Quality of Life

One thing to consider when you are looking at relocating is the quality of life that you’ll find when you do.  Is having a family important to you, and will a certain city lend itself well to raising one?  Can you see yourself living in a big city or a rural countryside?  Your job is important, but so is your quality of life.  Don’t forget to factor that in when searching for the perfect position.

Available Networks

A factor that may affect your decision to move to another city is the networks that will be available to you when you get there.  Perhaps it’s wise to stick around the area where you went to college, as you’ll have an extensive alumni network there.  It might also be helpful to move back to the town you grew up in.  There are many different networks that you can use to your advantage, and it’s up to you to figure out where you can take advantage of them.

When looking for a job, the sole focus for many people is often the job itself.  But don’t forget that location is just as important, and could be the key to why you’re not currently finding the job that you want!

Until next time,

The Doostang Team

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