Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Think Twice Before Relocating

Here’s a very thoughtful posting by Tim Eyre.

Have you given much thought to how you would feel if you were faced with the prospect of pulling up your roots and relocating to a completely new environment because of your job? Many of us have faced this reality before or are facing it now. For some, the only choice they have is to either relocate or get a new job. But for others, the decision is a little more layered. Their company might be offering them a big raise and also paying their moving expenses. Or in some cases a different company might offer them a terrific hard-to-pass-up opportunity in another part of the country. A new job with a higher salary can be both exciting and rewarding. But uprooting yourself, and in many cases your family, is not the best choice for everyone. It can sometimes prove to be stressful, costly, and risky. Here are some important things to consider before making a decision to relocate:

1.  Investigate other local options. Arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can before making your decision. Specifically, investigate local trends in your industry and try to find out if there are local job openings in your field of work that are as good or better than the opportunity you are considering relocating for. You may be surprised to find that there is actually more job potential in your line of work locally than far away.

2.  Consider scouting out your new area. One of the biggest fears people have about moving to a strange new area is culture shock. There is always the possibility that you or your family simply will not like your new surroundings. It is not always possible to do, but if you have a little time before you need to make your decision, you may want to go on an extended scouting expedition. Visit your target area before actually moving there. If possible, spend a couple of weeks or more in the new location, preferably with your family, to see if you and they feel comfortable in the new environment.

3.  Be aware of “hidden” costs. When comparing jobs from a financial point of view, people often make the mistake of considering salary difference and nothing else. In fact, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered in order to make a true apples-to-apples comparison. One of these factors is taxes. State income tax, sales tax, property taxes and other taxes can vary widely from state to state. Another factor that can vary widely is cost of living. The cost of things like housing, food, clothing, utilities, and transportation is much different in some parts of the country than others. The thought of doubling your current salary might sound mighty tempting, but if the cost of living in your new city is three times as high, you are better off financially staying where you are.

4.  Don’t neglect quality of life. When all is said and done, there is nothing more important than the happiness of you and your family. Although there is no way of knowing for sure how happy you will be in your new city, the best indicators are the various things that make up your quality of life. If you have school-aged children, the quality of the local schools will be one of your most important considerations. Look into the school system and see how closely their standards align with yours. Another consideration is climate. Is it too cold for you? Too hot? Too rainy? Are there annoying species of insects that tend to infiltrate the area at certain times of the year? These are all questions you should know the answers to before you move; not after it’s too late.

5.  Make sure you are heading into a stable environment. If you do decide to take the plunge, you want to make sure you are landing on a stable platform. There is nothing worse than deciding to make a life-altering move and then find out a few months later that you need to do it all over again. Make sure your new job is a stable one. Along the same lines, check your new area for other employment opportunities in your field. Recessions and layoffs can happen all the time. If your new town has a substantial employment base, you will feel more comfortable settling there.

The decision on whether to relocate can seem like a big guessing game. But it doesn’t have to be. By combining the right kind of research with the right kind of thinking, you can turn a mysterious gamble into an informed judgment. Making the leap may or may not be the right thing to do, but when you make the decision, do it strategically.

In his role in the self storage industry, Tim Eyre helps customers care for their cherished belongings that must be put in storage. Tim regularly visits his facilities including a Orlando Self Storage center. He also was recently meeting customers and staff at the San Leandro Self Storage Center.

I wish you success!

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

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Dissatisfied with Your Job? Create More Interesting Work

It’s not unusual that at some point during your stint at a specific job, dissatisfaction will creep in. This frustration will often have nothing to do with your employer, your salary, or your work environment. Most of the time, job dissatisfaction occurs when you’ve reached the apex of your current daily responsibilities and every day starts to seem exactly like the one preceding it. In other words, you’re bored. Many workers will simply go through the motions, waiting for the clock to strike 5 so they can go home and enjoy what little non-work time they have. What I’m going to suggest, however, is to create more interesting work for yourself that adds value to your company and your personal satisfaction. Here are a few tips.

1. Don’t wait for your boss to give you more substantive responsibilities.

Your boss is more than likely an extremely busy person, and zeroing in on you to take on more work is probably the last thing on her mind. Don’t wait for your boss to assign you more work. Demonstrate that you can stretch your capabilities by offering to undertake a new set of responsibilities.

2. Pitch your ideas in a well-defined, meticulously worded proposal.

Of course, you can’t simply approach your boss about more interesting work by saying you’re bored and need more things to keep you occupied. This approach could backfire in that your boss might just give you more of the same work, making your job dissatisfaction problem even worse. Come up with a set of ideas or projects that will somehow add value to the company. Outline specifically how it will grow the company and make use of your skill set in a more efficient way. Your proposal should be as thorough as possible and you should send it to not just your immediate supervisor, but anyone whom this new project could potentially interest.

3. Go above and beyond by learning new skills that would improve your new project.

The best way to combat boredom is through learning. In order to make the new project that you are proposing interesting, it should be just a little bit beyond your current capabilities. Identify what skills you will have to learn to make your project an unrivaled success, and start learning them. This way, every day will herald new frontiers in your normally banal work duties, effectively making the 9 to 5 an adventure in exploring new things, instead of the rigid, torturous schedule it now is.

4.  Never underestimate the dynamic power of collaboration.

While it may be tempting to keep your little pet project to yourself, consider the advantages of getting a team together. You’d be surprised by the number of hidden talents that your desk-mates possess, and getting a group together could give you a great opportunity to unearth these hidden talents, exercise your own leadership skills, and make work a little more fun and social for everyone. Remember, two heads are always better than one.

Aside from making your job more interesting, creating new duties for yourself will be sure to impress your boss and lead to greater opportunities within your company. It’s one thing to do the same thing you do every day for work; it’s quite another to engage with your job in a creative way, expanding the possibilities to their utmost potential. Make the best of what you have, and stop complaining. Take your job into your own hands and you’d be surprised by how far you can go.

(This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online universities.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com>)

I wish you career success.

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work

Your Life Is The Result Of Your Thoughts and Actions

“The life you are currently living is the result of the thoughts you have thought and the actions you have taken in the past. The life you live in the future will be the result of today’s thoughts and actions.” Common sense from Jack Canfield, career coach.

You alone are in charge of your life.

I wish you career success.

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work