Everything You Need to Think about Before Moving for a New Job During COVID-19
Moving for a new job is one of life’s greatest adventures. The excitement of a new city, promise of significant career advancement, and potential to find out more about yourself—there are many good reasons to take the plunge. Of course, there are also many things to consider before relocating. And due to COVID-19, there are new considerations to account for before making this life-changing decision. Here is a list of everything you need to think about before moving for a new job during COVID-19:
1. Will Moving Boost Your Career?
Deciding how much opportunity there is to advance your career will help you determine if the potential risk of relocating is worth the reward. One common reason people move for a job is for career growth. However, given the high unemployment rates and economic uncertainty, making a career change during a time like this can be a risky move. While you might have an opportunity for upward mobility, job security is more important than ever.
As a result, you’ll want to first ask yourself if there’s growth potential in the city you’re planning to move to—and at the company you're planning to work. As you consider moving and taking a new job, ask yourself: Is there more opportunity for career advancement in this new city than where I currently work? What positions are available there? How does career progress look at my new company?
You’ll also want to determine how much job security you believe you'll have in your new role. Is the position, company, and industry known for being particularly recession-proof? Was the company's industry impacted negatively by Covid-19? The good news is many companies are actually experiencing positive growth as a result of the pandemic. Information technology, online education, and entertainment are all industries that have benefited from the unfortunate state of current health affairs.
2. Is it Safe to Move?
If you land a new job that requires you to relocate immediately, there are circumstantial details that will impact you moving for a new job during COVID-19. For example, many moving companies are taking significant precautions to make sure they’re conducting business and providing services with health and safety top of mind. Do your research and make sure the moving company that you choose is engaging in safe moving practices like requiring you to pack boxes 24 hours prior to moving, contactless moving, wearing masks, and frequent sanitization of trucks and equipment.
3. Do you Actually HAVE to Move?
Finally, during your new job search, you might find that many companies are hiring, but due to Covid-19, their employees are working remotely. This could mean that you wouldn’t be required to go into an office space for a while, or maybe wouldn't even have to relocate at all—many companies are now offering full-time remote-work arrangements. If this is the case, some of the risk and uncertainty around accepting a new job would be reduced. On the other hand, if you really want to move and it's not required, then the position might not be the right one for you.
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