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Should You Move to a New Town for a Job? The Pros and Cons

January 27th, 2012

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Job offers for careers filled with the promise of professional advancement are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Many job markets are saturated by the wide range of recent layoffs. This has left many people facing the decision to seek greener pastures elsewhere and casting their job application nets farther and wider. In the end, it means that a lot of people are forced to face the “relocation factor” when deciding whether or not a job is a good choice for them.

There are plenty of reasons to consider moving to a new town in order to take a job. Here are just a few of the benefits you might want to consider when facing this choice for yourself.

Pros of Relocating for Work

When you make “the big move” and relocate for work, you’re advancing your career and your experience. Most people don’t make these types of moves without an improvement in working conditions, rate of pay, or living conditions. Even in a poor economy, very few people are going to relocate to a position that was worse than the one they currently or most recently held. The pay increases that go along with typical relocations are great. But the real reward for people who are “upward” bound in their chosen professions is the career boost received from a willingness to not only change jobs but also to relocate.

Relocating can open the door to new opportunities for your family as well. This is something that will depend on where you happen to be relocating. The goal is to only relocate if it provides you with an improvement in your current situation. No man is an island. If you have family, they must be a concern in your decision for or against relocation. Consider the area where you’ll be moving and what types of educational, cultural, and financial opportunities are waiting for them there compared to what exists where you are now.

The Downside of Relocation for Work

The first one is a pretty big one to consider. It’s the financial aspect of doing so. The current housing market is great for those interested in buying. Not so much so for those who need to sell their homes and/or are “underwater” on their mortgages. Money is the goal of getting a new job but it can also be the thing that holds you back from taking one too – if a move is necessary.

Leaving behind friends and family is another hard sell – especially if you have deep family and community ties. The older your children are and the more “settled” your family is, the harder it is to pick up the pieces and move. It’s hard for everyone involved.

The bottom line is that there are fairly strong arguments for and against relocating for work. In the end, you must decide what the best choice for yourself and your family will be.

For support with finding a new career and opportunities in other cities, be sure to visit our current job listings at Concorde Personnel…and let the journey begin!


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