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How to Determine If You’re Ready to Move for Your Career

Are you considering a move for your career? If so, there are several important factors to consider. Let’s take a look at several of them here.

Personal responsibilities

If you are thinking that things, including your work life, would be better somewhere else, it’s a good time to make a list of all the things in your life that are attached to where you live. Some of these things may be easy to leave behind, but others may be too important for you to let them go. Some may be personal responsibilities that are very important to you, and you may not want to – or be able to – give them up. On the other hand, some moves may bring you closer to personal responsibilities. What if a move would bring you closer to friends and family?

Access to more jobs

When a job search is stagnant, it may seem like a good time to start looking elsewhere. But if you have reasons to stay where you are, make sure you’ve examined all local possibilities before you look elsewhere. It may not be the smartest approach to uproot your entire family for a job you could probably find locally with a little more persistence.

Some people plan a move because they think the job market will be better in a new location. If that’s the case, you should at least be assured that your employment prospects will be better – not worse – in the new locale.

More money

It’s important to make sure the move is worth it financially. When changing jobs in the same city, you can seek earnings of 10-20 percent more than your current salary, but you can be more aggressive when you’re relocating, unless the cost of living in the new location is lower. Don’t forget to make cost of living a factor throughout this process.

While you’re thinking about your own financial outlook, think of the company’s, too. If the company is just getting off the ground or has struggled financially in the past, it should give you pause. It’s better to do the research now than to receive an unpleasant surprise after the move.

Adventure and new challenges

Moving to a new city can be an adventure, and it can bring exciting new challenges. However, it can also be a nightmare. It’s important to do your research to be sure the choice is right for you. If you have a family, include them from the beginning. Otherwise, it could be an adventure for you and a nightmare for them. Two important steps: include your significant other and children in the job search, and, if you get the job, include them in finding out more about the area.

No matter what, don’t make the leap without visiting the new city first. Pictures are great and internet information is wonderful, but if you’ve never visited the place in question, that should be the first thing on your list before you answer a proposal for a job move.

Are you ready?

At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. If you are ready to move for your career, we can help. Give us a call at 310.436.3650 today.