Things To Consider Before Accepting A Job In A New City

Dated: 02/10/2016

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We enlisted the help of Lynn Taylor, author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” to help us answer some questions you may have when facing relocation.

If you are considering relocation because of a job offer in a different city, here are a few important things to ask yourself before making your decision:

Do your homework!

With access to today’s social media and search engines there is no reason you cannot research everything you need to know about the new city, the new job, and the new company before uprooting your life. Being informed is paramount to less stress while making your decision. If at all possible, spend enough time in this new city to make sure that it is the right place for you and your family. Involve your family, talk to them about what they want. Be open and honest with all who will be impacted by this decision.

Get to know everything you can about your new job.

Make certain that you understand the complete job description; meet your prospective boss and several coworkers. Take a tour of the new workplace to get a sense of the work culture. It is imperative to spend as much time as possible with your new boss. He or she will have the greatest influence on your job satisfaction. If any red flags go up, seriously consider the impact on your long-term career goals.

Is the salary where you want and need it to be? Make sure to consider the cost of living for this new area to make sure it is worth the move.

“A general rule of thumb is that you should earn 10% to 20% more than your current salary when changing jobs in the same city,” she explains. “But when you’re relocating, you can generally be a little more aggressive, depending on your industry, current salary and background – unless the cost of living is significantly lower in the new city.”

Do your research online and find out what the salaries are for your specialty in the new city. Remember to take into consideration other factors, such as benefits, incentives, and advancement opportunities, says Taylor.

Trust your gut!

Statistically speaking, your gut instincts are most often accurate. So go with that when making your decision.

If you are second-guessing a lot or most of the aspects of this opportunity, trust that for whatever reason you just are not comfortable with it. On the other hand, if this is all you can think about and you feel excited about the possibilities it has to offer, this is also your answer. Take a leap of faith! “You could catapult your career,” Taylor concludes.

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Sam Lepore

Sam Lepore is a Realtor with Keller Williams in Moorestown, NJ. Call him today at 856.297.6827 ....

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