It’s a Terrible Time to Relocate for a Job. Or Is It?
By Paula Santonocito
Still, it’s impossible to know. Changing jobs, whether around the corner or across the country, is always a gamble. Only you know if the potential reward is worth the risk.
Finally, when a job involves relocation, it’s extremely important to consider the place you will live. You’ll want to choose a location that’s right for you, regardless of the job opportunity.
All kinds of things factor into a person’s decision to relocate: schools, medical facilities, recreational activities, the arts, weather, and a community’s profile, among other issues.
It’s also essential to look at the new place in terms of long-term employment opportunities. The job sounds ideal, but what if you relocate and decide you don’t like it? Are there other jobs available?
Is the city a hub for a hot industry or industries? Do your skills fit with the environment?
If the answer to these and the personal questions about place is a resounding yes, you’ll feel a lot more secure about relocating based on a job offer–because, in actuality, you’re not moving for a better job, you’re moving for a better life.
Additional Resources: Cost of Living Calculators
Overall cost of living figures heavily in a job-related move.
Salary.com’s Cost of Living Wizard can help by providing basic comparison data.
Sperling’s Best Places Cost of Living Calculator can also prove valuable; it offers city-by-city comparisons and breaks data down by categories.
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