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5 Things to Consider Before Relocating for a Job

5 Things to Consider Before Relocating for a Job

We live in a world that is full of opportunity, but the opportunity that you鈥檙e looking for might not be within your geographical area, but thousands of miles away. But, that definitely shouldn鈥檛 pull you back. We can鈥檛 just sit there and expect an opportunity to come knocking on our doors, life doesn鈥檛 work that way, we have to look for it and pursue it.

You might have just gotten a new job offer or a promotion that needs you to relocate to a new place or maybe you just want to move far, far away and start a new life. Whatever the reason, making a decision on whether or not to relocate for a job is rarely an easy decision.

Forget about weighing the pros and cons for now, and think with more of a holistic approach about your happiness and contentment. You鈥檒l need to consider various aspects that aren鈥檛 just related to your new job, but your lifestyle as well. How will this relocation impact your family? Will you be able to find a suitable community to belong to?

So, before you pack your bags and leave, we at Bayt.com have prepared a list of 5 things you should consider before relocating to help you make more of an informed decision.

  1. Cost of living

A new job offer or promotion can mean you鈥檒l start making more money, but this big gain can be diluted in higher costs of living. What good will a higher salary do you if you鈥檙e going to end up spending more on living expenses.

You鈥檒l need to do your research and make some sort of feasibility study on the area you鈥檙e moving to, and make sure to include items such as rent and transportation. Is the pay increase worth the move? Will you and your family be able to live there comfortably? 

  1. Your relationships

If you are currently single then this might not so much of an issue for you. But, if you鈥檙e in a relationship and/or have kids, you鈥檙e not just changing the course of your own life, but the lives of others as well.

How is the move going to impact the lives of your loved ones? Your family, your spouse or significant other. You鈥檒l have to take their lives and careers into consideration. Does the job market at the new location doing well? Or will you spouse/ partner struggle to find a job?

You鈥檒l certainly need to sit down with your partner and discuss how you can make this work. One way is to research the job market at the location you鈥檙e intending to move to and review jobs that will fit your partner鈥檚 interests and skillset.

  1. Your Job security

You don鈥檛 want to go through all the stress of moving to a new place for a job and then ending up getting laid off after a short period of time because the company went bankrupt.

In order for you to not run into that kind of situation, you鈥檒l need to look into the company or office that you鈥檙e relocating to. Are they currently growing or are they facing problems with diminishing returns?

You should only take the offer if you are confident that the company you鈥檙e relocating to is stable for at least the next 5 years, especially if it is a startup. You should research online for any financial statements that they might have released. If not, you might want to ask them if they can give you access to them. Thankfully, you can easily do this with our Bayt.com Company Search tool. This tool literally gives job seekers the ability to stalk companies online, in order for them to get an idea of what the company does, as well as a taste of their culture. Click here and let the stalking being!

You should also consider digging into the industry in that certain area, this should be relatively easy to find online by searching for market outlook reports.

  1. Taking a trip

Sometimes pictures and videos aren鈥檛 enough, if you want to get a real feel on how it would be like to actually live and work there, then you should consider going there for a visit. Try to plan a trip that is longer than just the weekend, you鈥檙e going to work there, so you鈥檒l also need a feel of how things are during working days, in order for you to get more of a hands-on experience.

  1. Having a safety net

Not to be a negative or anything, but relocation doesn鈥檛 always work out. You might take the job, relocate then end-up hating it there. Which is why you should certainly consider having a backup plan just in case things don鈥檛 go as planned. Being precautious won鈥檛 do you no harm. And if you ever find yourself in that situation and don鈥檛 have a backup plan, you can always use Bayt.com to find over 20,000 international opportunities.