If you’re thinking about relocating for a job, planning and preparation can reduce much of the stress that naturally comes with moving. What questions should you ask before making a move?
How Will Relocation Affect My Family?
If you have young children, ill family members, or aging parents, the location of a new job matters. Climate, culture and distance can affect the well-being of your family. Check the new location for the availability and quality of services or facilities your family will need, including:
- Day care centers
- Healthcare facilities
- Recreation options
- Senior care services
Is the Company Financially Stable?
Before you apply for a job, check the financial stability of the company. Some of the questions you should ask include:
- How long has the company been in business?
- Have there been any recent layoffs?
- If the company has recently been part of a merger or acquisition, what was the reason?
- What do online reports show about the company’s financial status?
What's the Cost of Living in the New City?
Will family expenses be more affordable or more expensive if you move? Consider all aspects of the cost of living compared with your potential pay rate, and decide if the move is right for you. Remember to consider the following costs in your review:
- Health care
How Will the Pay Affect Your Quality of Life?
Research the pay range for careers similar to yours. At times, a job with lower pay can have a positive effect on your quality of life. Perhaps the new job will allow you to spend more time with your family or on personal interests. On the other hand, higher pay might make it easier to provide for your family and care for necessary expenses.
Will the Company Pay Relocation Expenses?
Moving can be expensive. Before you relocate, find out if the company offers relocation assistance. Out-of-pocket costs can influence when and where to move. Make sure you know everything a relocation package offers, including:
- Full packing at your current location
- Full unpacking at your new location
- Housing assistance
- Transferring your cars to the new location
How Will Job Relocation Affect Your Career?
Is relocating for a job a wise move for your career? Will you be given opportunities that challenge your skills or help you acquire new ones? Carefully consider how a new job will help or hurt your career goals.
Interested in Job Relocation?
Relocating for a new job can be exciting and rewarding. WSi can accelerate the process. Apply today. Our recruiting team will help you find opportunities that match your location preferences and career goals.