The very thought of moving to a new country or a new city may excite new job seekers. You may want to make a relocation to find your dream job or simply for the love you have for the new city/country. But there are several things to consider before relocating. You need to think of your career goal, job prospect and also your life outside work.
If you are wondering what other things you need to have in mind before choosing your desired city/country, here are few points to help you.
1. Job growth should be a priority
After all, this is the most important factor to consider before joining any organization. Consider choosing states and cities that are creating maximum number of jobs and have great signs of growth.
Houston, Dallas, Texas, McAllen, San Jose and Phoenix have the strongest job prospects in the US, according to many sources. So, if you do not know where to make a start, these cities could be great options.
2. Look for industry trends
Pay attention to job trends in different industries when you are looking for a job in a new city. Job sectors with the best future outlook in most countries include hospitality, leisure, wholesale and retail trade. You may filter your favorite cities based on the ones that do the most hiring in your field and has the best job prospect.
For instance, if you are seeking a job in the healthcare sector, you may want to look for cities that have the best employment opportunities in healthcare. This will also help you find employers in your field better.
3. Professional development is essential
Ensure that your new city offers plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. If you are looking forward to advance in your career on the long run, you might want to have a close network of professionals who can contribute to your career growth.
While researching about different cities, try to identify if there are organizations for industry-related groups or young professionals that you can join. Joining professional organizations can help you get acclaimed to the new place and also build a strong network.
4. Cost of Living is another key factor
Now that you have filtered few cities that offer many employment opportunities and professional growth opportunities, the next thing you may want to do is study the ‘cost of living’. Affordability is a key factor. No matter how much you are paid or how satisfied you are with the job, if the ‘cost of living’ in a specific city is beyond your reach, it causes financial troubles.
There are many sources online, giving you information about what are the cost of living in different cities across the world. So study them properly before you choose your city.
5. Keep your personal needs in mind
Personal needs and professional goals go hand-in-hand. Avoid moving to a new place and then feeling bad about things around you. So decide your city keeping your passion, interest, relationships and lifestyle in mind. This is especially important if you are looking to settle down in a new place.
For a career that fulfills work-life balance, the above points need to be kept in mind. Remember, life outside the workplace is as important as life in the office.
Are you one of those who have already relocated to a new city? Are you able to maintain your personal and professional goals? Please share your experience in the comment section below.