Consider These 6 Things Before Moving to a New City

Nancy Anderson
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Widening the geographical region in which you are looking for jobs can be a good way to increase the chance of your job search being successful. However, before moving to a new city for a job, there are a few things you need to consider. Before you pack your bags, ask yourself these six questions.

1. How Is the Job Market in the New City?

If you already have a job offer in the new city, you might think you don't need to worry about the local job market. However, statistics show that Americans change jobs once every four years on average, so you can't assume you will stay with the same employer forever. Think twice before moving to a new city where employment prospects are bleak.

2. What Is Your New Salary?

Salaries vary widely across the nation. As a result, you could net yourself a healthy pay rise by widening your job search to include distant cities. On the other hand, uprooting your life can be expensive. Many job seekers think it is only worthwhile to move to a new city if the move is accompanied by a decent increase in pay.

3. What's the Cost of Living in the New City?

As well as considering your new salary, you also need to research the cost of living in your new city. A higher cost of living could eat up any increase in your salary, leaving you struggling financially. Avoid this outcome by using housing websites to research the cost of renting or buying a home before you agree to take a job in a new city.

4. Will You Be Happy in Your New Role?

Uprooting your life for a big salary is only a good idea if your new job will make you happy. Read company reviews online to find out how it ranks in terms of employee satisfaction. Ask about opportunities for career progression and flexible working if those goals are important for you.

5. How Is the Lifestyle in the New City?

Remember that you will not only be working in the new city — you'll also be living there. You need to know that there is enough to do to keep you entertained. Visit the city as a tourist and spend time checking out the local restaurants, stores and outdoor recreational opportunities to find out whether you want to live there.

6. How Will Your Family Cope With the Move?

If your partner or children will be moving with you, it is important to ensure they will be happy in the new city. Research career options for your partner and schools for your kids and remember that uprooting a child during the difficult teenage years can be traumatic. Consider how they will cope with living far from extended family and friends.

Being prepared to move to a new city is a good way to widen your job opportunities. However, it is important not to underestimate the impact of moving your whole life across the country.

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