Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Need a Job? Well Get Moving

I know a smart guy who happens to live forty miles north of Detroit. Five years ago he and his brilliant wife had excellent jobs in the automotive industry-- he in I.T. and she in engineering.

I’ll let you guess what happened. Suffice it to say, I’ve never understood why they don’t pack up and move elsewhere. Michigan is one of the most difficult places to find a good job! Their unemployment rate right now is 11%.

Why do good people stay in bad job markets? Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is move! Here are a few scenarios in which moving may be the best option (and hey! it could be fun!).

If you need a type of job that you have to know someone to get and you live in a city too huge to get your foot in the door with the right people, it might be time to move. I have several friends with college degrees and teaching certifications back in Dallas who have been looking for teaching jobs for years. Years!

With so many qualified (and over-qualified) teaching candidates out there, schools will more times than not go with someone they know. If you do not know a single educator in the entire DFW metroplex—it’s time to move!

In a smaller community it is easier to meet other people in your industry, field or occupation. A move from a big city to a bustling suburb may not mean a decrease in pay. Plus, you will find move avenues for involvement. The person you need to meet with the keys to the kingdom may be just a city council meeting away.

Another scenario in which it may be in your best interest to move is you’ve done your due diligence and you know for sure that your perfect job is NOT where you are. A girlfriend of mine with a gift for advertising decided just last week to pack up and move from her home state of Nebraska to Chicago.

She decided that designing logos for small town mom and pop’s was just not going to pay the bills and line her nest egg. Although, she didn’t have an offer yet, she was certain that she had exhausted all options at home. If your industry is really only big in certain locales—get moving!

The final scenario occurs when you get an offer somewhere you never dreamed of moving. Scary? Maybe. But it could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Before my husband got a job offer at a law firm in New Mexico, leaving Texas had never crossed my mind. It seemed impossible to leave everything and everyone we knew.

Moving to a new place and meeting all new people can be a fast and efficient way to get to know the community and re-launch your career. For a few months you get to be the new guy, shaking hands and stating what you do. It’s a great time for personal branding!

If you’re in an employment rut, ask yourself if you’re really tied to where you live. Is it worth remaining jobless or unhappy in your current endeavor? IO
Moving could be the best thing you ever did for yourself your career.

- Sara

Sara Triana Mitchell is a freelance writer and graduate student.

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