Relocating for a job in a new location can be a big exercise.
If you have family and pets it can become more overwhelming. On the other hand, relocating can be a positive experience.
I was in the Army and moved every three years to a new city. I moved “me” when it was just “me” and family when I started a family. I moved from my hometown in Pennsylvainia to Alabama. Then, to New Jersey. Then, to New York and back to the Philadelphia area. From there, I moved to Ohio. Then, back to Philadelphia with a family. From there, I was on the move to California. Then, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and on to Puerto Rico. From there, we moved to North Carolina. Then, to Louisiana. At times, we also moved within these cities, at our own expense, to other locations for better housing or a better school system. I am now settled back in Pennsylvania and ready to move again if an opportunity arises.
Every time I or we moved, there were the days of packing before the move and unpacking after the move. Upon arrival, we always ended up buying new towels, dishes, blankets, utensils, and toilet articles until the household goods arrived. A hidden expense. In all of these locations there were schools to find, clothes to purchase for the new weather pattern, and the hope of making new friends. At times, it was exciting and at times frustrating, but I loved it.
Every time I moved to a new location I experienced new things and always went with an increased level of skills. When you move to a new work group, skills overlooked in your last location may shine in the new work group. Now, I am not suggesting that you move as much as I did, but a move can enhance your career, draw your family closer together, and be a positive decision. Consider relocating as a choice…an option you have.
My moves were in a controlled environment with the backing of the Army. Your move will most likely be “Your Move” and you need to look at “everything” very closely to arrive at a decision to relocate. In today’s market, jobs in your career field may not be abundant, meaning you have to look outside of your comfort zone to find meaningful work. Relocating may be what you need to do to get a job.
Here are 10 reasons workers relocate for a job:
- Can’t find a job in their current location.
- The new job pays more money for your skills.
- To enhance job skills in a new position in another location
- The cost of living may be lower in another area.
- The new company appears to be more stable
- They always wanted to move and don’t want to pass up an opportunity.
- The weather is better for their health.
- They can be closer to family members that have moved on.
- The job commute is easier.
- The new company offers better benefits.
Do your homework before committing to relocate.
Closely Evaluate the New Job Offer: Be sure to review the offer you receive very closely to ensure the amount of the salary is in line with the cost of living in the new job location. You can find a wealth of information on the Internet about cities. There are many online calculators that will tell you how far your money will go in in a specific location.
Visit the New Location. Take a trip to the new area and be sure to take your family if you have family members moving with you. Their weigh-in should count. Take a look around and get a feel of the area. Make sure it is somewhere you feel you can live.
Moving Expenses: Check with the new employer and get in writing the specifics of how they will assist in your relocation cost – moving your household goods, temporary housing, and travel. Make sure you have a plan to pay for the expenses the company will not pay for.
Checklist to Make Before Accepting: Make a checklist of everything you need to know about your new location including schools, job market conditions, public transportation, crime levels, entertainment, and other things of interest to you. Review each area closely and identify your expectations. Weigh everything out and make your decision based on what is best for you and your family.
Important Final Note: Always have a Plan B in case your new job does not work out. You will need to know what you will do in the new location if you find yourself back in the job market.
Good luck in your job search.