Think Relo as in job Relocation. What’s keeping you from taking the job you want? Could it be the distance? Do you completely count out any jobs that aren’t in your area? Have you considered the cost? I’m sure you’ve tried but probably found it to be a bit overwhelming. It’s easier than you think to do the research needed to make the move, a move that could very well benefit you in more ways than one. Here are the top 5 things that you should consider:
1.) Cost of Living – How Much Is This Gonna Cost Me?
It doesn’t make sense to go through all of the hassle of a move unless you know for sure that it will be profitable for you in some way. How can you know this for sure?
In order to find this out, I encourage you to try out this cost of living calculator here. It’s free and easy to use!
First, plug in your current city and pay rate. Second, enter your target city. This will calculate the pay you need in order to maintain your current lifestyle. Boom! That’s it!
2.) Housing Prices and Availability – Where Would I Live?
No sense in selling the house and packing up before you know where you’re headed. There are lots of great websites that you can use like Zillow , for example. What does it do? Zillow shows you exactly where available apartments and housing are in the area that you specify.
How does it work? Enter an address, neighborhood, city or ZIP code and it will provide you with a map of a broad number of houses or apartments to buy or rent.
What’s your price range? Available housing can be further drilled down by price, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage. It’s a great way to see how much bang for your buck you can get.
3.) Schools – What Education Does This Place Have To Offer?
Obviously, if you have children, you need to consider the level and proximity of education available for them. Searching various websites can help you find the highschools and colleges in that area. Here are some I recommend:
However, even if you don’t have kids, pay attention to the quality of schools, as this is often a good indication of the level of community involvement and tax burden that you can expect. Better schools usually equals a better city.
A town that has a college nearby, no matter the size, is also probably going to have a lot more diversity. Bringing in diversity and culture makes for a more interesting city!
4.) Local Current Events – What’s Going On There?
Peruse the web and look up the local newspaper, TV station, and Chamber of Commerce. By doing this you can make yourself aware of the crime rates in the surrounding areas, local politics, traffic and weather patterns. By doing this, you can also see what’s important to people based on what the reporters are reporting. Here is one site that I recommend: http://www.city-data.com
5.) Ways to Fill your Down Time – What Does This Place Have For Me To Do?
You should also think about what this place has to offer for your hobbies. What is there to do in this town? Don’t underestimate what the Chamber of Commerce can do for you. The CoC can tell you exactly what’s available in that town.
The CoC usually has an online website that can provide you with lists of parks, an events calendar of the local festivals and celebrations, sporting teams, a list of all the restaurants with links to their websites, and a list of the available shopping. If you personally reach out to the chamber, they can give you more details specific to your interests.
At IR, Inc., when our candidates are considering relocation, we make this information available to them with the job description. We do that research for you to help you make a transition that will be beneficial to you.
If you have any questions about relocation or job seeking in general, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org