So you’ve just been offered a job from a company that would require moving to a new city. There are good reasons to relocate for a job, but there are also terrible ones. Here are the top five reasons not to move to a new city for a new position.
1. Slight Pay Increase
Changing jobs can be tempting, but moving to a new city for a nominal pay raise may not be worth the hassle. For instance, if you make $50k in your current job and you get an offer that pays you an extra $3k. $3,000 annually works out to be $250 a month, before taxes. How far is that $250 going to go in your new city? Make sure you know the cost of living in the area before accepting the job and agreeing to relocate.
2. When The Sale of Your Current Home Will Lose Money
If your current city is experiencing a weak housing market, it may not make sense to move for a job. Let’s say you purchased your home five years ago during a housing boom, and you paid $250k. However, now you can only get $225k. You’re in the red $25k before your first day of work on the new job. Unless the new job is an excellent opportunity to advance your career or a significant pay raise, then you probably shouldn’t relocate for a job.
3. The New Job Doesn’t Advance Your Career
If you are a mid-level manager in your current job, does it make sense to get into the same position in a job across the state? In the majority of cases, probably not. You probably shouldn’t even make lateral moves to a new job if you don’t have to move, it especially doesn’t make sense when you add having to move to a new town.
4. Your Significant Other Isn’t on Board
Moving to a new job in a different city is challenging enough, but dragging an unwilling mate with you can be a nightmare. Getting your wife or husband fully on board is vital to not only a good move but also to a healthy relationship. While you may be able to talk your significant other into a move you have to ask yourself if they are fully invested. If they are not, then you are creating a long-lasting headache that can tear apart your home life.
5. Thinking a Change of Scenery Will Cheer You Up
In everybody’s life there are low points where nothing seems to be going right. Depression can set in and it may seem tempting to change our surroundings thinking that your problems are external, but that isn’t always the case. If you move to get away from your problems but your problems are actually internal then your issues will follow you to the new town. Many times if you wait it out those “insurmountable” problems you thought you had resolved themselves. Don’t act too quickly before you know that a move will make the difference.