Not every city has the same level of opportunities for IT professionals. So, when you seem to run out of reasonable options, it is only natural to consider whether relocating for a new tech job is the right move. Finding a new position when you don’t live in the target area is challenging enough, but evaluating whether relocating is a smart idea can be even more difficult to manage.
To help you determine whether relocating for an IT job is worth exploring, here are some key things to consider first.
One of the biggest points to examine before saying yes to an out-of-town opportunity is the cost of the move. You may need to hire a moving company to relocate your household goods, rent a truck to manage the task yourself or look into replacing your stuff once you arrive. In any of those situations, you need to be prepared to take a notable financial hit to make the transition a reality.
Not only do you have to plan for relocating your belongings, you also have to secure new housing. If you own your home, you may need to plan to sell or find a renter before you can look into buying in your new city. If you rent, you need to plan for notice while also having the traditional “first, last, and deposit” ready for a new place. In either case, your finances need to be in order.
Every city has something different to offer. For example, some have a strong arts community while others support an active outdoor lifestyle. The key to a successful relocation is to choose a city that has the amenities you need to feel at home in your new neighborhood. Otherwise, you may have found a great job opportunity, but the city leaves you wanting. And you might regret your decision.
Finding an employment opportunity in a new city that helps you take the next step in your career is great. But do the opportunities for advancement stop there? And, if so, are you willing to potentially relocate again when you need to take another step forward?
Just because a job allows you to make progress today doesn’t mean it is the best choice for your career in the long-run. So, before you commit, consider whether professional growth over time is also part of the deal.
Almost everyone has social and professional relationships they value, as well as family considerations. If you are in a relationship, you may not be the only person involved in the decision. And, if you have children, the situation can be even more complex.
Few people can simply pack up and head across the country without having to consider the impacts on the relationships in their lives. So, make sure that all involved parties are onboard before you say yes to an offer.
If you are interested in exploring new opportunities in a different city or your current one, The Squires Group has the expertise you need to help you weigh your options. Contact us today and see what is available in your field today.