So, you’re considering relocating for a job. Whether you were offered a job in a new city, or your current company has asked you to relocate, should you make the move?
The thought of relocating for a job creates different emotions for different people. It could cause feelings of joy, excitement, and anticipation. Or it could cause feelings of stress, agony, and regret. It’s important to understand that you are unique from anyone else. Your situations, commitments, and family ties are not the same as someone else’s.
To help with this tough decision, we have compiled some crucial questions to ask yourself when deciding if you should relocate for a job.
1. Will my lifestyle improve?
One of the most important questions to ask yourself when deciding to relocate for a job is “Will my lifestyle improve?”
Notice how the question is not, “Will I receive a higher salary?” Salary is irrelevant. Here’s why. If you move from California to Texas, your cost of living is going to decrease significantly. A great tool to use when considering relocation for a job is the Cost of Living Calculator by Bankrate. This simple tool allows you to compare your existing salary in two different locations.
For example, moving from Los Angeles, CA to Austin, TX would allow you a ton of flexibility with your salary. $100,000 in Los Angeles is equal to $68,424 in Austin. If you are offered a salary over $70,000 then your lifestyle is likely to improve.
2. Will my career move forward?
Salaries aside, it’s important to determine if relocating for a job will move your career forward. I can’t tell you how many people I have seen relocate for a high paying job, only to have taken two steps backward in their career.
Make sure to accept a job that is in line with your career goals. If you work in marketing and you accept a job in sales because the pay was irresistible, this could make getting back into marketing difficult.
You never know what will happen with this new job. A high paying offer is not worth taking two steps backward in your career progression.
3. Will my family approve?
If you have a family, you are going to want to find out if they approve of the move. Sure, change is difficult. There may be resistance at some point. However, your family is going to be able to provide insight that you had overlooked.
Timing is also important. Can this move wait? Is it worth taking your kids out of school in the middle of the year? Maybe you need to go and get settled in the new city before your family joins you. Everybody’s situations are different.
More often than not, including your family in the decision to relocate for a job will be a lot less painful than making the decision without them.
4. Will my life outside of work change?
Do you have a busy life outside of work? Is there something about the city/state you currently live in that you are going to miss if you move?
Do you hike, bike, snowboard? Do you love the sun, rain, or snow? Climate is going to play a big factor in deciding whether to relocate for a new job. Your social life will change, too. Are you someone who likes to hang out with friends after work? If you move, are you going to be able to make new friends, find new hobbies, etc?
Although you are relocating for a job, it’s important to consider your life outside of work.
5. Will I be happy?
The question “Will I be happy” is not easy to answer. In fact, that is probably the reason you are reading this article. You want to know if you will be happy.
What makes you happy is completely different from what makes someone else happy. In addition to the above questions, here are some more questions that you can ask yourself before relocating for a job.
- Where will I live?
- Can I sell my home?
- Will my relocation expenses be paid for?
- Is this new company/position likely to survive?
- Is there a good school system for my kids?
- What is the weather like?
- Will I be leaving anything or anyone behind?
If your answer to these questions tends to be more positive than negative, relocating for a job is likely a good choice for you.