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Considering A Career Move?

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There are a lot of factors that can go into helping you make the right decision. This age-old method can be very useful in everyday decisions, but I find it invaluable in considering a career move. Make it as simple as considering the pros and cons of your next step. Here are a few things to keep in mind when contemplating a shift in your career.

Research is key

If you have found yourself considering new employment, research is critical. Learning as much as you can about your prospective employer and the community can help you make the right decision, for both your professional and personal life.

First, why are you looking? Management, growth opportunity, stability? You can do some research and ask yourself those questions to get to the bottom of your job search.

What types of things do you enjoy? Look at the local area for things to do that fit your interests. It’s just important to find a community and environment that matches your lifestyle.

As a recruiter in the Mining and Heavy Industrial space, I try to provide my candidates with as much information as possible. I try to help the process be less about leg work and more about being excited about the new opportunity and location.

We have written a number of articles on dusting off your resume and interviewing tips. Here are a few that will help you through the job search process:

Think of the big picture

If your favorite pastime is fishing, and your prospective job is in the fishing capital of the world, with more time off and a competing company, you’ve checked off the personal and professional boxes, it might be time for a career move.

If you’re looking at a company with no growth potential, and a big component of you considering another career is that your current job has become stagnant, this just might not be the right role for you.

I’m proud to say that I’ve seen each of my coworkers here at JSG help candidates make informed decisions about their career and life moves. If you’re reading this and part of that group considering making a move, get ahold of one of us here or check out our jobs board. Let us help you with your next career move. In any event, good luck with your job search!

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3 Major Factors To Consider Before Relocating

3 Major Factors To Consider Before Relocating

Relocating is not an easy decision but it can be worth it! In my last blog, I covered why a candidate should consider a relocation for their next job. There are many factors to consider before hitting the road. What about your family? What about the pay? And of course what about the location? Here are some ways to consider these common factors to ensure a relocation is worth it.

1. Family

The most common question that comes up when speaking with a candidate about relocation is ‘what about my family?’ Which brings us to the infamous family factor. As if getting the job was not hard enough, now you must convince your family that it’s worth moving.  First, back up a little and make sure you address the family factor way before accepting an offer. It’s best to bring it up right when you hear about the opportunity. Open the discussion to everyone in your family by explaining and asking their opinions “I just got a call about a job in Wyoming, what do you think?” This works because you are acknowledging and valuing your family’s voice. Ultimately, this decision is too important to decide in one conversation, and the best way to address it is to continue having multiple conversations throughout the interviewing process and make sure to include everyone. (Even the dog!) Do not wait until the last minute because you may miss out on your big career opportunity if you are left with one day to convince the family a relocation is worth it.

2. Location

If it’s not the first question, it is definitely the second question that pops into a candidate’s mind: ‘Where is the job at?’ I like to call this the location factor. Relocating goes far beyond what job you want to do, it also requires a lot of research about the new community you are considering (this would be another part to include your family in and make sure they are onboard). It is important that the new location offers amenities you value and a quality of life you are open to or looking for. Keep in mind that as you move to a new location, you may encounter a new culture. The best bet here is to spend as much time you can researching. Use the county’s website, call the local school, and use Google!  You should research things such as the distance from your friends and family, schools, culture, and don’t forget to weigh in access to quality health care and access to sustainable foods.

3. Money

The last but most certainly one of the most important questions is, ‘what is the pay range for this job?’ Known as the money factor, I understand a financial situation often strongly influences your job decision. If you move to an area with a lower cost of living, but your pay stays relatively the same, you might win out in the end financially. At the same time, do not be swayed by a big paycheck. The best way to address the factor of money is to use a cost comparison tool. These handy calculators take location and salary into account and you can get a detailed breakdown of which locations cost more or less. Don’t forget to always ask if the company provides a relocation package and if so, make sure that you understand it completely.

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Why You Should Consider A Relocation For Your Next Job

Why You Should Consider A Relocation For Your Next Job

Many of us dream of getting a better job or advancing in our careers, but in a tight market, you may feel as if you have exhausted all the job opportunities in your community. Sometimes the ideal fit you have been searching for requires a relocation. Deciding to relocate is so much more than a bunch of math. Of course, pay is an important factor when deciding to move. However, there are so many other factors to consider such as family, friends, schools, selling your house, cost of living etc. It is not an easy decision, but it can be worth it. Here are three reasons why you should consider relocation for the next step in your career:

Career Growth

Getting out of your comfort zone allows you to grow and learn from new experiences. Landing in a new city and working for a different company will push you to new limits; you will see yourself accomplishing goals that were not available in your previous role. This is an opportunity for you to affect change in your career path and develop new skills that will create new advancement possibilities in your career.

Quality of Life

Quality of life includes everything from the cost of living to personal relationships and growth, and even to your sense of adventure and retirement. While it can greatly depend on the priorities and values of an individual some relocations provide strong opportunities for those looking to combine a fulfilling career with a thriving quality of life. Maybe you want a simpler lifestyle in the country surrounded by wheat fields, or maybe you’ve always craved the hustle and bustle of the city, waiting to catch that yellow taxi cab. You might just have to move to reach your goals.

Culture

Different purposes and organizational features that you are searching for can be found in opportunities outside of your current community. Culture changes so much as you travel throughout the country, both regionally and within different organizations. Each place you go will offer fresh outlooks, contrasting styles, and divergent cultures. Challenging yourself by exposing yourself to new experiences will allow you to push yourself to new heights you may have never thought you could achieve!

Check back for my next blog where I will expand on some of the factors that affect your decision to relocate and how to address each one.