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How often does one relocate for jobs?

I was told that with the poor job market, it is common for people to move to where jobs are available, rather than looking for jobs near their current location. Is this true? #college #career #job #relocation


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Sonja’s Answer

Hi Jackie,

It really depends on what type of industry you are in and whether remote working is an option for your profession. I just wanted to mention that a lot of companies are providing a lot of flexibility now and are open to hiring people not necessarily near an office. Covid has shown that remote working can work and by employing outside a particular region gives employers access to more talent.

Best of luck,
Sonja

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Rafael’s Answer

Some people relocate by choice and other choose relocation as part of their career growth. Depending where you live and the kind of work you want to do, you may need to relocate.


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Angie’s Answer

It really depends on what field you work in and where you want to be. I have worked for my company for 9 years and only recently moved. Being flexible in being able to relocate will help open you up for more career opportunities. In order for me to advance in my career, I had to move to another location that offered more. Be aware of the job market where you live and if you are able to relocate, research that area and the job market there as well. Researching can help you make sure where you move will have the opportunities and atmosphere you are looking for.


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Kerry’s Answer

First, be aware that the job market is actually very strong. The current unemployment rate is at its lowest in 17 years, some industries actually face a shortage of workers, and companies are competing for qualified candidates. Second, as far as how often one relocates for jobs, these days relocation generally has more to do with furthering one's career or a preference for a geographical area than it does just finding a job.  


In most fields, the ability to relocate increases one's marketability and offers opportunities that otherwise may not be available. For example, a company expanding to other cities generally looks at their existing talented employee base for candidates willing to relocate to fill key roles at new locations. Similarly, some companies with offices around the country may centralize certain departments in a specific city and, as a result, only offer those roles in those cities. Having said that, not being able to pack up and move does not mean one will not be successful. While I and many of my peers have relocated multiple times for advancement opportunities, to live in certain parts of the country, or to just try something new, there are others who've spent their whole careers in the same city they started and have been just as successful.


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