Like our ancestors of yesterlore, I have moved a zillion times in search better paying jobs or better living conditions or for a ton of reasons.Â You know what – that’s what man has done for tens of thousands of years – move with the source of food.Â Everybody was nomadic, and not by choice.
Over the last 100 years of so, we’ve had it cushy.Â One job, one move, lifelong employment, yada, yada, yada.
Not so much now.Â Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions in pursuit of your career goals or in pursuit of a job, period.
Moving from Maryland to Hawaii was not an easy decision to make (contrary to what you might think – what is Hyo nuts – how hard can it be to move to paradise?)Â But it was a decision we had to make.Â And it there’s one advice I can give you – make your decisions together and do not bully your significant other – make it together as equals and respect each other’s judgement.
That said, an interesting take from the CareerJournal of the Wall St. Journal:
Moving for a Job: Worth It?
By Ruth Mantell
How far would you move for a job?
Moving is complex and expensive, but sometimes job survival means workers donâ€™t have much of a choice, especially if youâ€™re unlucky enough to live in an area plagued by unemployment.
Take Nevada, for example, which has the highest unemployment rate among the states, reaching 13.6% in February, according to Labor Department numbers. Itâ€™s little surprise that the state, which has been hit so hard by foreclosures, remains troubled. At the other end of the joblessness spectrum, North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.7%.Â That is, the unemployment rate in Nevada was more than three times the rate in North Dakota.
Do employment data like these mean that job seekers, or those looking for greater security, should run from Nevada, or head to North Dakota? As with many difficult decisions, experts say the answer is: â€œIt depends.â€
Before seeking greener job pastures across state lines, workers should examine the underlying reasons for a stateâ€™s unemployment rate, and figure out how their occupation is expected to fare both in the short and long-term, as I wrote in a recent MarketWatch column.Â Â
Other states with high unemployment rates were California at 12.2% and Florida at 11.5%. Meanwhile, states with low rates were Nebraska at 4.3% and South Dakota at 4.8%. The national unemployment rate in March was 8.8%.
Sometimes moving for a job, particularly overseas, can lead to greater opportunities and responsibilities, experts say. However, it looks like companies are becoming less willing to help offset workersâ€™ moving costs. Relocation lump-sum payments are offered by 28% of organizations, but some plan to reduce or cut those benefits, according to the Society for Human Resource Managementâ€™s 2010 employee benefits survey.Â Further, the still-weak housing market is making it tough to move as families want to avoid losses.
Those with a job offer that would require relocating should analyze whether the overall compensation package is worth a move, says Jennifer Grasz, a CareerBuilder.com spokeswoman.
â€œThat goes beyond the immediate paycheck,â€ Grasz says. â€œItâ€™s looking at whether there are growth opportunities. If you donâ€™t see the opportunity to grow in that organization, then it might not be the right move for you. Is it an organization that will continue to invest in your development, your learning opportunities?â€
Itâ€™s also important, of course, to make sure that your family is OK with a move, that the area youâ€™re moving to is desirable in other ways besides the job and that the cost of living in a new location is affordable. (Try the basic family-budget calculator from the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank.)Â
So even a move to Nevada, despite its high unemployment, might make sense for some job-seekers. â€œIf you are a foreclosure expert, you might want to move to Nevada,â€ said Don Spetner, an executive vice president at recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International.
Readers: Have you ever moved for a job? Is it worth uprooting your family for a new opportunity? Are you considering a move now? Have you ever regretted a job-related move?