Relocation can feel like a high-stakes proposition, with many unknowns. Whether you’re elated or slightly terrified at the possibility – or both – this is not a decision to be taken lightly. As you make a calculated, informed choice, there are a number of questions you can ask yourself. Just be sure to answer them honestly and realistically before saying yes or no to your move.
Do I really know what I’m getting into?
The more research you do on the job, the company and your prospective new hometown, the better.
- Ask questions and keep your eyes and mind open. Be sure you thoroughly understand the job description. Meet your future boss and at least some of your soon-to-be co-workers. Tour the workplace and get a good sense of the work environment and culture. If possible, find out how other employees there have handled a similar move.
- Does the position offer growth opportunity? Try to determine whether the job offers sufficient upward mobility. Moving is worth the risk if it aligns with your long-term career goals.
Can I afford it?
You may have been offered a higher salary, but don’t let this unrealistically cloud your vision.
- Create a realistic budget that accounts for your new cost of living. Make sure your financial package is competitive and worth the move. Unless the cost of living is significantly lower in your new city, you can generally be a bit more assertive in asking for a better salary. Research comparable pay rates for your job in the same geographic location. Remember to also take into consideration benefits, incentives and related factors.
- Do a cost/benefit analysis. Don’t forget to consider moving expenses. If the company is not paying for your relocation, weigh both the pros and cons of the financial sacrifice you’ll need to make. Recent data shows 90 percent of companies reimburse or pay at least some moving costs for transferees and new hires, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Am I willing to leave people behind?
Consider the personal side of the move and its impact not only on you, but also on others in your life. Be true to yourself and have realistic expectations.
- Some people more naturally adjust to new places and people, while others need a friend or relative who can support them in their new hometown. Do a self-reality check, and also gauge how your move will impact others – your spouse or partner, children, other family members and close friends. Have open, honest communication with everyone involved.
What is my gut telling me?
Most often, when you are struggling with a major decision, your gut instincts are right on.
- Don’t ignore any red flags. If you’re doing a lot of second guessing, you probably should reconsider the move. But on the other hand, if you have an unstoppable good feeling about it, go for it. But, put away those rose-colored lenses so you can see the full picture.
If you’re considering a relocation or want to strategize the best approach for your job search – or if you need help negotiating a possible move – consider a partnership with a career coach from PrideStaff Fresno. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.