Over the course of my recruiting career, I have had conversations with hundreds of job seekers – probably thousands. Out of those job seekers, quite a few of the conversations were focused on whether or not they should consider relocating to a new city for the ideal opportunity.
Some of the individuals were recent graduates looking to move anywhere in the country that would give them that first opportunity with little to zero experience. Some of the individuals had significant others and children, but were willing to consider relocating if it was the ideal next move.
No matter the stage of life or type of job seeker, they all had two things in common.
- Both were willing to move for the ideal next opportunity.
- They had the need to make a well-informed decision.
Recently, I read a report by ABODO outlining the best cities and careers for job seekers in 2016. With Phenom People being based out of the Philly area, I was thrilled to see that candidates wishing to land in the Community/Social Services or Healthcare industry can find the most opportunity searching for a job right here in the City of Brotherly Love.
From Computers and Mathematics to Arts, Design, Entertainment, or Sports and Media, job seekers will find the most opportunity in major cities such as Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Detroit, Denver, and Los Angeles – just to name a few.
According to the ABODO report, “It’s clear that opportunity is available in major cities across the country. Whether you’re a Millennial looking for your first job after college, or a Baby Boomer starting a new career, it’s important to know where to look for the fastest growing jobs in your industry and in your city. From social services to healthcare, jobs are available if you’re looking in the right places. And if you’re simply a person looking for a fresh start in a new city, this information could be extremely helpful in your search for your next home."
When you are trying to get someone to uproot themselves for an opportunity, here’s three things I always talk to them about:
- Research, Research, Research
Take the time to check out the organization, the position, and the geographical area to include where to live possibly temporarily and permanently, commute, parking, people, things to do, and even school districts if necessary. All of these should factor into your decision, especially when it comes to negotiating the right type of offer and relocation package.
- Will it Take You One Step Closer to Your Career Goals?
Moving within the same city can be stressful. Moving to another state can prove to be even more stressful. When considering the move, be sure to think about whether or not the opportunity will get you to that next level in your career now or in the future.
- Have You Explored This New City in Person?
Assuming you interviewed in person in this new city, did you make the time to explore the area enough to be able to envision yourself living there permanently? It’s important to take the time to check out the year-round climate, and if the city has the activities that you love to do where you are living now.
Interested in reading more about the Best Cities for Job Seekers? Check it out on the ABODO blog.