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.

About Place

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.

Consider using the online tool FindYourSpot to hone in on what’s most important to you and how different locales measure up. CitySearch guides can also help.

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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