You just got offered a new job! Way to go Rockstar! Whether or not you decide to accept the job, it's always nice to know you're in demand and you have options. We know the deciding whether or not to take it is a tough decision. So, we put together the complete guide on everything you should consider before you make the move.
Should you do it?
Before you say yes, here's what you should think about.
Even a dream job can quickly turn into a nightmare if you absolutely hate where you live. We recommend doing a lot of research on your new town. If you've already met some of your potential new coworkers, ask them if they have a couple minute to answer some questions about the city. If you don't feel comfortable doing that you can always use Facebook groups, Slack channels, and LinkedIn to try to find people who can give you a first-hand account about what it's like to live and work in your new city. Once you've done some research be sure to go visit--even if you have to do it on your own dime. Don't stick to just the tourist attractions either. Walk around neighborhoods you'd consider moving to, visit local coffee shops, use the public transportation, and be sure there are places where you can still pursue your favorite hobbies. Do everything you can to try to get a feel for what day to day life would be like if you took the job and moved.
Rents and mortgages can vary drastically between two cities. And don't forget to take a look at how your entire financial health will be affected by the move. Try to get a feel for things like how expensive utilities are, how much you can expect to spend when you eat out or go to a bar, and the cost of childcare. All those things will play a major role in how you feel about your new paycheck--and how much you can enjoy your new city.
Don't forget to really think about whether or not this new job is the right move for you. Is it a lateral move, but one that will get you to where you want to be geographically? Is the pay and experience you'll get from the job so great that you're willing to go anywhere to do it? No one has a crystal ball that will tell you if it's the right move for you, but if you have a mentor in your industry who can help advise you, this is the time to pick up the phone and call them. Remember, a big move like this can have a huge effect on your career and your personal life. So, it's important you really think it through.
What to do after you decide to say yes
A great promotion. A cool, new city. And a job you love. The answer is a big, fat yes. Here's what to do before you tell your new employer you're coming on board.
You're so excited that you're practically jumping up and down. But before you say yes, you've got some negotiating to do. Yes, salary and benefits are important--but there are a lot of things you can negotiate for that will make your move easier.
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