3 Essential Career Moves to Make Before Relocating

3 Essential Career Moves to Make Before Relocating
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    So, you're planning on moving to a new area, but you're not quite ready to make the transition because you're settled in where you're at?


Understandably, if you have a good job where you are, then there isn’t much incentive to want to leave, and there’s always a fear that you might not like your new job as much as the one you currently have. Unfortunately, that can keep many people trapped in the same spot for years due to career commitments, which isn’t the worst conceivable reality, but it certainly isn’t the most liberating life experience either. Sooner or later, you might get the urge to move, and when you do, job security is going to be an issue.

With that said, here are 3 career moves you can make in preparation of relocating:

1. Advance to a Higher Degree

Bluntly speaking, the primary employment concern you’ll have when relocating is whether your new job will pay as well as your old one. If you’re going to be filling a position that pays the same as your current position, but you wind up getting less hours, then you’ve essentially taken a step back in your career.

However, if you make the wise move of upgrading to a master’s degree in your field before making the move, then you’ll have the highest chance of landing a position that will be an upgrade from your current salary. For example, if you’re currently a registered nurse with an associates or bachelor’s degree in nursing, you might consider taking an RN to MSN online course to earn your master’s in nursing (MSN) before moving. Earning an MSN online is also easy to fit into your schedule because it can be done during your spare time.

2. Construct (or Polish) an Impressive Resume or Portfolio

You should already have a pre-existing resume, and if you don’t then you need to make one, preferably today or tomorrow. There’s no reason to be a professional in any industry without a resume or portfolio to show for it. It may even be useful to hire a professional resume writing service to have them produce a polished new version especially for your new city job hunting. If you have any new references or job experiences that you haven’t added to your resume, now would be a good time to add that information.

3. Line Up an Ideal Job in Your New Location and Have Backup Options Available

Once you’ve advanced your educational credentials and have fully optimized your resume, it’s time to line up that upgraded job you’ve been wanting, in the place you’ve been wanting to move to. Even if you’re set on a specific location, it might be a good idea to make a list of 10-20 alternative cities that you might move to, and then conduct a widespread job search that will let you move wherever your career takes you. That might sound a bit risky, but in reality, it’s the best way to find the highest paying job – untying yourself from locational commitments and deciding your move based solely on career benefits instead.

Testing the Waters Before Making Your Decision

One way to hold onto your current job and home while trying out a job and life in a new city is to arrange to start your new job during an extended vacation or off period from your current job. In this way, you could work your new job during a 4-week vacation from the old job and if it turns out to be a disaster, you’d still have your other job to go back to. Alternatively, you could arrange a trial period with the management at your current job by asking to be temporarily removed from the schedule after giving a 30-day notice.

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