Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Read This Before You Apply To That Out Of State Job

In today's challenging job market, opening up your search to include other communities and other states could be the best way to increase the probability of finding the position you are looking for. While most of the seed companies are trying to find people with experience in that local market, most companies in agriculture are very open to filling position with candidates from another area, and offer relocation incentives and compensation for making the move.

Unfortunately, it is all too easy to apply to jobs all over the country without any consideration to the impact on both yourself and others in your life. In fact, many job seekers do not consider what locations are suitable for themselves or their family until it is too late in an interview process. It's unfair to a potential employer to realize that the location of their position is not suitable for your family after you have started through the interview process. It's even more unfair to your family members to figure this out after engaging interest in a position and not discussing the position's location beforehand.

If you are open to considering out of state opportunities, be sure to have an open discussion with your spouse or family members to determine a list of acceptable and unacceptable geographic locations. Factors to consider include career opportunities for family members, housing prices, recreational activities, weather, schools, and friends & family in the area. You can search different job boards to get a feel for what type of job opportunities there are for a spouse or family members. Also use sites like Realtor.com, Trulia.com, and Zillow.com to get a feel for real estate prices in that area. This is a much better way to get a feel for the primary factor of the region's cost of living and a more accurate snapshot than a "cost of living" calculator.

Relocation is a career option that will certainly enhance your ability to find the opportunity you are looking for. However, be sure to work with your family to make a simple list of desirable locations before you start your search. Doing so beforehand will save you a tremendous amount of headache and inconvenience.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Great Information Mark...These are definately things to consider, as I have done these types of relocations across the country. I have found that all areas are not a good fit for the family, while being a good career choice.

Brian R.