Your boss has made you a job offer, one that can send your career soaring if you accept it. Trouble is, it is hours away from where you currently live, necessitating your family uproot, sell your home, and start life anew in an unknown community. The question you ask of yourself is this one, “Should I relocate my family?” Before you answer that question, there are some other questions that should be asked and answered.
1. Does it feel right to you? When you hear about a job offer, you may have an instinctual sense that the job is either right or wrong for you. That sense may not happen all at once, but if it does, go with you gut feeling. Turn down the offer if everything inside of you says that it is wrong for you, your family and your career.
2. Can you afford to live there? The cost of living in your city will be different from the city you are considering transferring to. In some cases the overall costs may be nearly the same — property taxes may be higher in your state, but utilities might run higher in the new community. It is important that you acquire data about the new town. How much do houses cost? Is there a state income tax?
3. Do you understand what the new job entails? You’ve heard a few words such as, “job transfer” and “new city” and “new job.” Even “more money” may have been something that piqued your interest. What you need to find out is this: what are the job’s responsibilities, what is expected of you and will you have to travel? Ask for a copy of the job description and be prepared to pull it apart. You may discover to your horror that you’re on call 24/7 and will be traveling week after week. Consider what these demands will have on your family as well as on your own health and peace of mind.
4. Who will you report to? No matter how high you move up in a company, you will report to someone. Do you know this person? Does this individual have a good reputation or bad one? Can you trust him or her? The best job opportunity can fall flat if it involves working for someone you don’t like or disrespect. Put out feelers to learn more if more knowledge is needed.
5. Is further growth available? Moving to a new location to pursue a different job can be exciting. But does that job have room for further growth or is this the end of the line? Consider how the move will affect your career move for the long term, not just for the immediate future.
6. What are the schools like? If you have school-aged children, their welfare is important to you. Are the public schools where you want to place your children or will you need to consider private schools? Private school education can cost you a mint. Will the new job and the attendant pay increase cover everything or not?
7. Will you receive enough money to move? Moving in pursuit of a job transfer these days is not what it once was. In the past, the company shouldered the burden, effectively selling your home, paying for your move and covering your moving related expenses. These days, you may need be provided with a stipend and be required to handle everything yourself. That’s not a problem if you believe your home will sell quickly and the rest of your move is something you can figure out with your spouse. It becomes a problem if you aren’t receiving enough money to make the transfer explains the North American Moving Company.
8. Does your family want to move? You may want to move, but what if your family has strong ties to your current community? Making a move can be so stressful on everyone. Losing friends isn’t easy and no matter how much you’ll say you’ll stay in touch, that rarely translates into an ongoing relationship. Gauge family interest and consider what they want. If your children are very young, that’s one thing. If they’re in high school, you may have your work cut out for you.
9. What is your company’s future? Are you pursuing a job to fix something or to expand the business? What other facts about the company do you need to know? If your company is ailing, will you be able to fix the problem or might you be stranded in a town you know nothing about if the job folds? Consider your company’s health before committing to a move.
Should I Relocate My Family?
With each of the other questions answered, you can finally answer the most important question of them all: should I relocate my family? Hopefully, if the answer is yes, your family is unanimous in the decision. If not, you and your spouse will need to build a case for the move, basing it in part on what you already answered.