I worked in corporate America for years, and then my company was sold to a larger company. We knew it was coming and we also knew that we wanted to relocate. It is very expensive to live where we do and we don’t get much “return on our investment”. If one was to look at our tax returns they would think that we have it pretty good. But we don’t. Not here. So when we found out that I was going to be laid off we took it as the opportunity to make some changes. We were going to move out-of-state and live a better life in a place with a lower cost of living, which is almost anywhere else. People do it all the time, right?
That was in 2010…
The economy has had other plans for us. It doesn’t seem that companies are all that willing to consider out-of-town applicants these days. The Husband has a lot of experience in his field as well as certifications and managerial experience and he’s only had one lead in all this time. Now the tides are turning a bit. It seems as though the economy is picking up and companies are hiring again. He is finally starting to get some bites through LinkedIn, but they’re local. He is entertaining local companies that have locations elsewhere that we could potentially transfer to.
Now enter my dilemma. I do not want to go back to corporate life right now. I did that with my first child because I had to. When he was 12 months old, I became a single mom. This time, I don’t want to. But in order to help my family get to where it needs to be I have started to apply to jobs in the places that we want to live. After just starting to look, I got an email for a phone interview and another email saying that my resume passed the initial phase and was being sent to the hiring manager for consideration. This is much more progress than we’ve had for the past two years.
The other option is that I got a decent severance package when I was laid off. I have saved it all this time and am seriously considering the possibility of packing up and moving so that finding jobs as locals will be easier. The thought of moving to another place without a job in order to have a better chance at getting one is so scary. We have a cushion and it would go farther somewhere else, but just the move alone would take a big chunk of it. It’s scary and while I want to pack up and go, I don’t know if that’s the smart thing to do with two children in tow. One who needs monthly medications and doctor visits for med checks every three months.
Who said being a grown up was easy? Have you had any success relocating to another state? Did you have a job first or did you throw caution to the wind?
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