Relocating for a Job: Things To Consider

By Ashley Paskill on December 29, 2021

Congratulations! You applied for a job, went through the interview process, and were offered a job. However, the job is too far of a commute every day. This leaves you with the decision to move to accept the job or to not accept the position and stay where you are. There are several factors that can influence your decision, and it is important to consider them all when making a final decision.

Money

One main thing to consider is the money aspect of the job. While it is not the only factor to consider, it is important. If you have a job, compare the new job to your current job. Will you be making more money at your new job? Can your new job cover living expenses and moving costs? Also, take into consideration the cost of living where you will be moving. Cities tend to be more expensive to live in than suburbs.

Also, take into consideration any money it will cost to move to your new location. Moving costs can add up, especially if you hire a moving company. Even if you decide to move without a moving company’s help, chances are you will be renting a truck, which comes with its own costs and fees. See how much money you have saved up. You may also be able to have relocation costs compensated by your new company, so be sure to ask HR about what is available for you.

Opportunities in the location

Even though you already have a job lined up, there is no guarantee that you will be at the job forever. Different cities and towns are known for having jobs in certain industries. This means you will have an easier time networking with other professionals in your field. In turn, this will help you advance in your career as you meet more people and find out about new openings. While it is okay to move to a city or town that may not have a big presence in the industry you are going into, moving to one that does may make your life easier in the long run as things come up.

Risk-taking

Even if you do not feel completely prepared, it may be a good thing to get out of your comfort zone, especially if you have lived in the same place your whole life. Your new job may even be in a field that you did not study in college. Taking risks can help you learn a lot about yourself and the world. It will help you grow as a person as you take steps out of the familiar and into new territory. If you decide to have a family one day, you may not be able to take as many risks, so taking them now is crucial so you do not have to live in regret.

Relationships

Many people decide to move based on being closer to someone they are in a relationship with. Take into consideration how long you have been together and how serious you both are. If you are just starting out and do not know too much about each other yet, moving in together is not the best idea. However, if you have talked and you are both wanting something long-term together, moving in will work out better. Factor in where you are in your relationship but do not base the move solely on the other person. Also, keep your friends and family in mind. You will be farther away from your family, so they will not be there to help when things happen.

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Transportation

You will have to actually get to work somehow, and having reliable transportation is often listed as a requirement on job descriptions. Some cities and towns have public transportation that will allow you to easily get to your job without driving. However, other public transportation systems are not as reliable, or your city may not have public transportation. This will be a problem if you do not have a license and the distance to work from your home is not within walking distance. Using services like Uber or Lyft may seem like good alternatives, but they may be sparse in certain locations.

Community resources

One of the most important things about relocating is knowing what is available where you are moving to. As mentioned above, you will want to live near your workplace and have access to the transportation you need to get there. You will also need to have access to things like hospitals, doctors, stores, entertainment, and even networking opportunities. Visit the town before you decide to take the job so you can get a good feel of the new town. You will want to be sure you can see yourself moving there and fitting in. Find out the demographics so you will be able to know how easily you will make friends.

Moving for a job may seem like the perfect escape from the life you have been living, but do not forget to take into consideration all of these factors in order to make the right decision for you in the long run.

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