A major decision when considering your next career move is whether to limit your job search to your current location or consider moving for the right job?
While expanding your job search beyond your current location may increase the number of jobs available, there are some important factors to consider to make sure this is the right decision for you.
Things to consider
Preparing for your next job
- Will you find a job before you relocate or wait until you get there?
- What if finding a job takes time? How will you live without an income in the new location?
- Do you have the required skills and experience for jobs in your preferred location/industry?
- Are there many vacancies in your chosen location/industry?
Choosing a location
- Where will you live? Would you move to another town, another state or overseas?
- How close is your home to your work?
- How will you get to work?
- Will you need a car or rely on public transport?
- Do you have easy access to public transport, shops, schools, etc?
Impact on your family
- Will your partner be able to find work in the new location?
- How will you cope with being away from friends and family?
- Where will your children go to school/childcare? How will they get there?
- Will you have a support network (i.e. friends/family)in your new location? How important is this to you?
- Do you rely on family members for support or caring assistance?
- What are the costs of moving?
- For example, upfront costs, transport, housing costs, etc.
- Will your new employer cover some of the moving costs?
- What is your starting salary in your new job?
- What is the cost of living in your chosen location?
- Will you buy a house or rent?
- Will you sell your current house or rent it out?
- What is the cost of travelling back to visit family and friends?
- Talk to your family and close friends. Moving may have a direct impact on them, so their views are important and any concerns need to be discussed before a decision is made.
- Research trusted sites for industry and occupation information to identify the opportunities and challenges to finding a job in your preferred industry and location. Good candidates will always be highly sought after by employers regardless of labour market conditions.
- Use national jobs boards to help you find a job and figure out where the vacancies are. If you are willing to move for the right job, focus on locations with the most job vacancies in your chosen field. If you want to move to a particular location or stay where you are then look at the range of vacancies available and identify your preferred industries or occupations.
- For tips on job hunting refer to Where do I look for work?
- Brush up on your budgeting skills. Starting a job in a new location may be a challenge – both emotionally and financially. Good planning will help you balance your budget so you don’t end up in debt or you have a plan for managing your debt. Consider drafting a rough budget of living costs in the new location to get an idea of how far your money will stretch.
- Make connections in your new location. Visit the place you want to move to in order to find out more about rent, transport and potential employers. Line up some work experience in an industry you are interested in. Join professional associations and do some networking to find out where the jobs are. Consider linking with community groups or volunteering organisations in your new location as a way to meet new people.