Can you afford to relocate?

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

01:00 PM

Cost of living is key to consider when you are contemplating making a move.


Once you get an offer in another city, you’ll probably do everything you can to see if the new job is in your kind of town. If it is, don’t say ‘yes’ right away — make sure the salary is enough to pay for your lifestyle in that particular place.

Your desired location might have all the amenities you can ever want close by, but that won’t mean anything if you couldn’t afford them. The trick is to get as much local pricing information as possible — everything from gas prices and rent to what it would cost to buy a cup of coffee and a movie ticket, said recent Chicago transplant Jacob Young, an SEO specialist and online reputation manager for Young Social Media. “Being that specific is really good because you can say, ‘Oh, when I go to the grocery store, I’ll know how much it’ll cost,’ ” he said.

Commodities don’t cost the same in Wichita as they do in San Francisco, and the things you regularly buy can add up quickly if you don’t account for them before you decide to relocate. “I have three things: grocery store, gas station and bistro — those are the three places I’m going to go to,” Young said.

Topics: Relocation

Is relocation right for you?

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

09:59 AM

Use local resources to help you decide whether a long-distance move will fit your lifestyle.


So you’ve had it with the big city and you’re ready for the country life. Or maybe working in Middle America has run its course and you want to try living on one of the coasts for a while. People decide to relocate for a variety of reasons, and work is usually right at the top of that list. But before you pack your bags and forward your mail, there are some things to consider.

Many people get an idea in their head about a place that doesn’t reflect what life in that place is really like, says Jacob Young, an SEO specialist and online reputation manager for Young Social Media. Just because you once had a great vacation in southern California and fell in love with the San Diego Zoo doesn’t mean that everyone else at the zoo wasn’t miserable from battling the traffic.

Topics: Relocation

Where the grass really is greener in the job search

Posted by Sarah Woodard

09:45 AM

Increase your job-search success with two data-backed solutions.

Performing a job search is difficult. Writing the perfect resume, researching a company in-depth, interviewing impeccably and just the right amount of follow-up are all musts. If you do them all right, you could land the job. Or you could be one of 1,000 other applicants to a job that 100 of you are probably perfect for. This is the reality of the job search for many professionals. TheLadders turned to its database of more than 6 million job seekers and more than 49,000 recruiters to uncover why this is, and what job seekers can do about it.

Topics: Relocation

10 tips for conducting a long-distance job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:09 AM

Want to relocate for work? Ten tips for managing a long-distance job search.


What’s the best way to manage a long-distance job search? - CB of Acton, MA


Whenever someone talks about relocating, I immediately want to ask: “Why do you want to move?”

I ask this because relocating, especially in today’s saturated job market, can be difficult to do. Unless your skill set is incredibly unique and in high demand, recruiters and hiring managers will likely choose local candidates over out-of-towners to fill their roles.


For one, out-of-towners are more expensive. The company often has to pick up relocation costs. And second, they’re considered more of a flight risk. If you don’t have to relocate, then I don’t recommend doing it.

But I understand the decision is not always in your hands. You may need to move back home to take care of an ailing parent. Or your significant other was just relocated for work and you need to follow. Or maybe the market has shifted and requires you to move.

If relocation is likely on your horizon, I recommend following these ten steps to make your long-distance search run more smoothly.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Relocation

Finding a Job in a New City

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:30 AM

If you can manage the logistics, searching nationally can land you in a better spot than you thought possible.

By Kevin Fogarty


Since the recession officially started in December 2007, the unemployment rate has doubled, and the average time it takes to find a new job has increased 37 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Oct. 2 unemployment report doesn’t include a way to measure desperation. But with 15.1 million out of work and the average time it takes to find a new job up to 26.2 weeks, it's certainly a factor in many searches.
Recruiters say the number of job seekers taking their searches national is increasing and that employers are as happy to consider candidates from out of town as down the street.

Nevertheless, they’re also less willing to roll out the red carpet to accommodate remote candidates; landing jobs in a new geography requires more personal initiative than it did in years gone by.

Topics: Relocation, Job Search Process