There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind

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If I have any semi-regular readers, I apologize for the hiatus I unofficially took. I was working hard in my own job search, and I was at the point that I really needed to focus on it. And it worked out! I’m very happy to say that I have accepted a full-time position at another college. My previous position was part-time, so I worked two jobs for a little over a year, which as some of you probably know, sucks. Once I get settled in my new position in the coming weeks, I definitely want to start posting regularly again.

Today, I wanted to touch on the idea of relocating for a new job. Before I landed my new job, I started applying to jobs in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire…basically the  rest of New England and a little bit beyond (I’m in MA, for anyone’s reference).  My general rule for applying to jobs is to apply to everything and anything you’re qualified for, and see what sticks. For local stuff, this is fine, but when you’re widening your net, you have to be more selective.

One of the issues I came across was a lack of salary information. A number of jobs had salaries posted, but an equal number of them didn’t.  This makes budgeting for a move and future expenses a lot more difficult. I did a lot of research on various areas that I applied to; rent costs, what grocery stores were around if it was out  of state, gas prices, etc.  That stuff is easy to figure out, but when you don’t know what you would be making, you can’t really estimate on your living expenses.  There are a couple ways to go about getting this information. Generally, if I don’t get called for a phone interview, I don’t ask unless it’s a job I want more than any of the others. First, I would recommend calling or e-mailing HR. Make sure you have the job code or title handy so you’re not making them search for it. Ask for a range not an exact number. They are more apt to tell you if you’re not as pointed with your question.  In my experience, if they are aware you are applying from another state, they will let you know right out of the gate.  Using my own example, there was one job I applied to out in Ohio (I know, super random). They called me for a phone interview, and noted that I would have to relocate within the first few minutes, and gave me a general salary range for the position. I’m glad they did, because it ended up being much too low for me to move across several states. And if they don’t tell you, simply say something like: “This is a great opportunity and I appreciate the chance to speak to you about it. As you can see from my resume, I live in xyz, and I would obviously have to move in order to work in this position. I was hoping before the process moves further, you could give me a general salary range.” It doesn’t hurt to ask, especially when it means moving.

A second tip: if you’re living at home, save as much money as humanly possible! Assuming your parents aren’t making you pay rent, throw money into your savings like there’s no tomorrow! Even if you’re not planning to move too far way or out of state, moving is still costly. First month’s rent, security deposit, moving truck, furniture, first grocery shopping trip, cleaning supplies…do I need to go on? If you’re moving locally, it’s less of a concern, but if you’re moving out state or more than an hour away, it’s something that should be a top priority. If you’re not prepared financially to move across the state or out of state, I encourage you to start saving before you make a move. Yes, I understand spur of the moment opportunities and taking leaps of faith, but the truth of the matter is, you need a place to live. You need food. I’m all for taking chances, but don’t be thoughtless in your spontaneity.

If I still have any readers, thanks for sticking with me! I’m so happy to start this new adventure, and I wish you all luck in reaching  yours!

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