Should You Relocate For A New Job?
One difficult issue to address during your job search is the geographic area you're willing to look at. This is a matter that is entirely personal and depends on your finances, your priorities, and numerous other factors, all of which are important. Looking for a job outside of your city can have certain advantages in terms of your search. It may demonstrate to a potential employer that you are eager to work, since relocating is a big life choice. It may also open up your job search to opportunities that would otherwise be closed to you, especially if you live in an area where jobs are scarce. It's also a good chance to find seasonal openings which may be easier to get into if you're okay with temporary work. Here are some things to consider before you jump on a job which requires relocation.
Costs of relocation and costs of living.
These are two different, but related issues. How much will it cost you to move? Can you afford it? Will the company help pay for your moving expenses? When you arrive, will the cost of living in the new area be affordable within the salary of the job? Do you have enough saved up to cover your first couple of weeks' worth of expenses before you receive your first paycheck? How are the rent costs? What about food, transportation, and so on?
Do you like the climate and the geography?
While this may not seem like a big deal in the beginning, you can count on being miserable after a few months or years if you hate the climate or you aren't happy with the culture of the area you're going to be living in. If you love the country, you probably shouldn't take a job in a city or vice versa. If you love hot, dry weather, you don't want to move to Portland. If you love rain and clouds, you don't want to take a job in Houston. The sacrifice may seem worth it now, but you may just find yourself stuck in a few months time wishing you'd done something else.
Distance from family, friends, and places you care about.
This may seem like it's not a big deal before you move, because you might think, "Well, I'll just travel several times a year." In reality, it's very hard not to overshoot your budget in your hopefulness about the future, and you probably won't be able to travel as often as you like. It may not be worth it to distance yourself from the people you love.
It's important to get a job, but life is not bread alone. If you find a job which is located far away but which would offer you a chance to live and work in a setting you think you'd enjoy, then consider going for it. If you're offered a job in a place you don't think you'd like, it's probably best to keep on searching.