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Job Relocation - Things to Consider

Mar 17, 2008
Going to a new city can sometimes stimulate your life and your professional growth. If your existing current employer or a brand new employer offers you an attractive new position and expects you to move in order to accept it, be sure to prepare for the changes ahead. Even if your new job location is in the same state, moving can be cumbersome without proper planning.

Before you move, you need to consider some points:

-Difference in the cost of living - Before you accept a move, make sure that you will earn enough to live as comfortably as your current living standards in the new location.

-Understand the local culture of that area and check whether that place offers a diverse environment. Each area of a country offers its own unique and diverse culture.

-Check whether the company you are planning to join is the only one in that town or whether you have different options. This is one of the most important points you need to consider before relocating as recessions and unemployment occur everywhere. If the new location has a wider assortment of employment options, your chances are better for future opportunities.

-Think carefully before you finally relocate because if you are not satisfied with your current job, then you need to have resources to make another move, return, or find a new job.

-Be aware of non-compete clauses. Check for any clause mentioned in your company profile that may prohibit you from transferring from that job to any other company and what limitations may be in place should you need to make a job change later.

-Family considerations. Ensure that the new location would provide you with good schools if you have children. Aside from schools, make sure this area also has other activities that you can do there after work or during your time off, such as a good mall with a good movie theater, regular shopping centers, and the close proximity of some "fun" places where you can go get away from it all for short periods of time.

-Consider your finances. Be sure of the monetary benefits provided by the company and whether the move is worth it, especially if you have friends and family to support you. Working for less would not be a good idea.

If you are thinking of relocating from a small town to a big city, then that may mean moving to a more stressful work environment. Some employees may appreciate the calm of a small town, whereas some may not.
You will have to make a decision on what type of work environment motivates you.

Relocation is a huge move to make so do not make it lightly; yet, at the same time, don't be afraid to take a good opportunity when it presents itself because of your innate fear of change. Stretching out to explore the world in different ways will help you grow tremendously as a professional.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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