Starting a new career opportunity can bring a lot of professional and personal changes to life, especially if that job requires relocation. The idea of relocating may seem daunting, however, it is a decision that could open more doors in your career.

Why to consider relocating

There are many reasons that may keep you from being open to relocation. It could be that you have family nearby, kids are in school, or maybe you live in an area saturated with opportunities in your industry. However, if that is not the case, relocation could be interesting. Reasons you might consider relocating could be: there are not many opportunities for your industry where you currently live, have a new life experience, expand your network and work experience, or it could be an opportunity to move somewhere you have always wanted to live.

Do your research

If you are looking at an opportunity that would require relocating, make sure to do your research on the area. Understand what the relocation expenses might look like and what the relocation package from the company will cover. Do some research on what the cost of living is for the area. Take some time to explore the area. Discover what it could potentially be like to live there. If you have hobbies, see if there is a place to do them there. If you have kids, look into the school systems there and see if they would fit your family well. Discuss the location with the hiring team. See where most people working there live. What is their commute like? What attractions are in the area? Ask for suggestions for places to go while looking around the area. Keep an open dialogue with the hiring team about the location to get your questions answered so that you can feel confident in your decision to move.

Ultimately, the decision to relocate comes down to if it is the right timing and if it makes sense for your life. Relocation is not a decision to take lightly, but it is a decision that could open new doors for your career. Take time to really think and research before accepting the opportunity. Have discussions with anyone who may be affected by the move, especially if you will be moving a family. What doors could relocation open up for your career and would it make sense for you to make the move?

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