When people feel that their career has hit something of a plateau, they’re going to be more tempted to find a job at a new company – but if that new opportunity is in a new city, state, or country, then this might make you pause.
It’s important to consider several things when the prospect of relocation for your career is placed at your feet. Even if it’s your dream job, you should be very careful. We’re going to take a quick look at the things you should keep in mind when deciding whether or not this move is a good idea!
How much does the company want you?
One of the best ways to decide whether or not you should relocate for your career is by making sure the company in question is really dedicated to you. It’s true that they’re probably pretty darn eager to hire you if they’re willing to wait for someone to uproot their current life and move to a new location rather than hiring locally, but you shouldn’t assume that this means they’re committed enough to you. One great test has to do, of course, with money; not just the salary, but their willingness to help you out with relocation costs.
You’re making a pretty big sacrifice for this company, even if relocation is something you really want to do. It’s important to note that not every company worth relocating for will be able to assist you with these costs. (A keyword there being “assist” – it’s highly unlikely any company will pay for all of the costs!) But it’s a really good sign if they’re willing to help you out when it comes to hiring removalists, or even if they’re willing to offer you relocation benefits once you begin work!
Are there other career opportunities in the same area?
So let’s say you’re currently a programmer. You want to become a head programmer with an acknowledged specialty, increasing your pay by about 40% – but there aren’t opportunities for such advancement where you are currently. You’ve been offered a place in a faraway city which is exactly what you want – but the company in question is literally the only tech company for about a hundred miles.
When you relocate, you should relocate to an area that’s teeming with other opportunities. Sure, you can continue advancing up the ladder in a specific company, but in the scenario described you risk putting yourself in a very precarious position if you were to lose that job for any reason. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t relocate, but it’s important to keep this in mind.
What’s the area like?
If you’ve got a family, then you’re probably already thinking about this sort of thing, especially if you’re going to be uprooting younger children in the process. But even if you’re single, you’ll probably want to consider the same sort of metrics very carefully: crime, schooling opportunities, entertainment, that sort of thing. After all, you could end up living in that area for a very long time, perhaps even settling down for the long run.