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In the current economic climate a lot of people (unemployed, underemployed and employed ) are considering expanding their job search outside of a commutable distance or looking  at a ‘sea change’.

People are no doubt feeling the pressure of higher unemployment rates, redundancies,  and the shrinking of internal opportunities and transformations resulting in decreased headcounts amongst many industries.  This seems to be a growing trend.

Whilst relocation and change can be exciting, you really need to consider the below points before making a commitment as it can be a stressful time for everyone involved:

  • Stay organised – when relocating for a new job, time may not always be on your side.  Therefore planning ahead is essential.  Create a file with detailed notes, timelines, contact names and phone numbers.  Ensure everything is in writing, most importantly offer of employment from a prospective employer.
  • Expensive –  Some companies do have a relocation policy where some assistance may be available.    Ensure that you investigate this before committing to something.  Would highly recommend renting first as it allows you to learn more about the area without the commitment of home ownership.  You will be able to get acquainted with the new job and new town/city in a more relaxed fashion.  Ensure that you investigate the cost of living and how much you can expect to earn v’s what you’re currently on and your lifestyle.
  • Local Support networks – ensure that you investigate local support services and facilities that are available prior to relocating.  For instance shopping centres, hospitals, sporting or interest groups.  Sure you will stay connected with friends and family, however relocating to a new area can be very isolating if you don’t know anyone or any services that the town may offer.  Isolation can become dangerous if not handled well.
  • Spouse/Partner opportunities – a large proportion of couples and families are dual income earners, therefore as a result, your partner will need to find a job.  Generally your partner will leave a job or stay in the old location until a new job is secured, which can may not be the best case scenario.  Things to look at.  Will there be employment opportunities for my partner in their field/profession?    If not the move may not work out or may  become increasingly difficult on both a private and employment front.

Other questions to ask yourself

  • Will the work environment be more stressful?  Maybe you’re relocating from a quiet town to a big city, which may involve a faster pace.  Do you really want this and can you handle it?
  • Daily commute – How will it vary from current job?  Will it be public transport or private vehicle.  Is there a significant time difference?

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