5 Questions to Ask Before Relocating for Work

5 Questions to Ask Before Relocating for Work

Have you been considering relocating for a new job?

To some, the idea of picking up and moving to a new city is exciting. For others, it may seem a bit frightening. Maybe the promotion you’ve been waiting for is across the country. Better yet, chasing your dream opportunity could land you somewhere out of the country.

There are so many factors that come into play when considering a position that would require you to pick up and move.

Take a deep breath…

Here are a few questions to steer you in the right direction when determining if a relocation is right for you.

1. How’s the cost of living?

Whether you are moving from a small city to a large one or vice versa, the cost of living is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Make a point to consider any new expenses that you may incur. A slight increase in travel and housing prices can throw your budget off track if you don’t do the necessary research and plan ahead.

If you are looking for a great Cost of Living Converter, check out: Bankrate.com.

2. Who is covering the moving expenses?

A key factor in whether or not this move can really happen is going to depend on who’s paying to get you to your destination. The cost of transporting your possessions miles away can add up rather quickly.

If the company that you are considering decides to offer a relocation package, it helps to have done your homework. Get quotes from movers, and other parties involved in the moving process and present this to your future employer before agreeing to any fixed rate.

3. How will this affect loved ones?

Having the support of family and friends can make a huge difference in your decision to relocate. If you are someone who is very family-oriented you’ll want to keep that in mind depending on how far you are willing to move. Going over to your grandparent’s house for NFL Sundays may be a stretch from a few thousand miles away.

If you’re married you’ll want to consider your spouse’s job prospects in the new city or the education system if you have children. Relocation can be a big transition.

4. What if things don’t go as planned?

The new city may not be everything that you hoped it would be when you Googled images of the skyline. If you decide to change your mind it is completely okay just be sure to have the funds set aside needed to survive a few months while you plan your next move. The last place you want to find yourself is stuck in a city that you don’t want to be in without the financial resources to get out.

You may not necessarily need or want to go back to where you’re from. With the right strategy in place, mobility shouldn’t be a problem. 

5. Am I going to love this job?

Accepting a position in a new city can mean great things for your career.  Still, you want to go in with your goals clearly in place. Consider the prospects and opportunities for advancement within your new company to determine if they align with your career ambitions.

A big part of your happiness will depend on whether or not you enjoy your new position. Being apart of a team that is a good culture fit will play a role in your attitude towards your new role, and possibly productivity.

Sure, there are plenty of things to consider before deciding to relocate for work. While it all may seem a little overwhelming, with the right preparation and research you will be able to make a decision that you can be proud of. Sometimes all it takes is a for you to step outside of your comfort zone to reach your peak of success.

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