When you are downsized and searching for a job, one of the first things recruiters will ask is if you are willing to consider working elsewhere. When should you consider relocating? While relocation is a very personal decision between you and your family, here are some factors that may help you decide if opening your job search to a new area is right for you!
Location. Are there other places you’d like to live? Many people look at a job search or career transition as an opportunity to move to a more desirable location. Consider moving closer to extended family, into a climate you prefer, to areas you enjoy vacationing, or to a city that offers the cultural or sporting events that you enjoy most. Do visit the area so you know it suits you before you open your job search to a different location.
Opportunities. Are there other job opportunities in an area you’re considering? While it’s tempting to consider moving for that perfect open position, what about when that job ends? Are there more jobs in your industry there? Are there jobs for your spouse? Compare short and long term opportunities for any area you consider.
Cost. Can you afford it? Many companies cover the cost of moving your family to a new city, but don’t forget there may be a change in your overall cost of living. Housing, food, and other expenses vary widely from city to city. The same size home will have very different sale prices and operating costs depending on where it is located. Check the average cost of living in any area you’re considering, to ensure that you can afford the move over the long term.
If the location is one you feel good about, the opportunity for continued career growth is there for you and your spouse, and the cost of living is affordable for you, it may be time to consider relocating. Opening your job search to new cities can open up your career possibilities as well!