Moving for a job is one of the most common reasons for moving. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 19.4% of people move for job-related reasons. But if you’re lucky enough to get an attractive job offer from an employer in another city or another state, there are a few things to consider before you make your move.
Chances are that if you’re thinking about moving for a job, the salary and benefits you’ve been offered are very appealing. But that’s not all you should consider.
First, ask yourself the basics. Is the job a good fit? Would you feel fulfilled and happy in your new role? Are you qualified for it, and confident that you will do well in the position?
Do some research and soul-searching to determine the answers to these questions. Learn more about the role, corporate culture, and everything else you can find out about the company to determine if it’s a good fit.
Make sure you double-check the benefits and relocation package you’ll get when moving for a job. Each employer is different, but relocation packages may include:
Consider how much all of these benefits are worth along with your expected new salary and other benefits to ensure that moving makes financial sense.
While you shouldn’t expect that your new job won’t work out, it pays to consider whether or not there are other opportunities for you in the area – you definitely want a “safety net” in case things don’t go to plan. If there are no other opportunities that appeal to you in the area, this may be a cause for concern.
We recommend using a tool like a cost of living calculator to determine how much your expenses will be in your new area.
You may find that, despite a large salary increase, your actual purchasing power may remain the same. This is common if you’re moving from a low cost of living (LCOL) area like the American Midwest to a high cost of living (HCOL) area like a city in California or New York.
Moving for a job can be stressful, but if you’ve decided to take advantage of a new opportunity in a different city or state, Three Men And A Truck is here to help. We offer both local and long distance moving services throughout the United States. Contact us online or call us today at (888) 908-6496 to get started.