Job Relocation: Should You Move for a Job?

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Following your dreams from town to town

In some countries, such as the United States or Canada, moving to a new city for a job is nothing to write home about, so to say. It is a common thing. You work in Phoenix and you get a better job offer in New York City? You pack your bags, you pack your family and you move. It is as simple as that. Or at least it is for the majority of people who live there.

In Kenya, things are a bit different and people often feel anxious to relocate because they landed a job somewhere else. Today, we dig deeper into this and we try to answer a question that many job seekers ask themselves – whether they should relocate for a job.

Your Current Situation

Current situation

Sometimes, the situation you are currently in is all the motivation you will need to accept the job in a new town and relocate effective immediately.

For example, you may have been trying to find a job in your town for a few years with no success. Maybe your industry took a major hit in your area and there is simply no realistic chance that you will ever get a job where you are.

Perhaps for personal reasons, you have grown tired of your current town, and you are just looking to get away from it all.

In such a situation, the answer would be a resounding yes – if you can get a job elsewhere, relocate. In fact, you will want to relocate.

The New Job

Job relocation

Not all jobs are the same, even though they might look very much alike. For example, a company may not be that good at advertising their job openings and a spectacular job might fly under your radar. Conversely, a company with a great job ad policy will be able to make a bad job seem like the best thing in the world.

The point that we are trying to make here is that you always need to do your research before you accept any jobs, especially those that will take you to a whole new town or even abroad.

For one, you need to make sure that the new job is a long-term one and that it will make sense to uproot yourself and your family in order to get it. If it is a two-month gig that demands you move a thousand kilometres away, it might be better to decline the offer. You also need to make sure you will be able to advance in your new job and that the money you will be making justifies having to change your entire life.

Family and Friends

Friends and family when relocating

This is something that rarely gets considered when people consider relocating for jobs, but once they make a decision, they realise they should have paid more attention.

We are, of course, talking about family and friends. The emotional infrastructure, if you wish.

Namely, you simply have to think about how your loved ones will adapt to your relocation. Are you planning to take your family with you? Can you manage on the new salary? Do they want to leave their current town? Will the new town have the schools your children deserve? Will your spouse be able to find his or her place in the new town?

What about your friends? Are there ways of maintaining your relationships with them? Will you miss having friends? Keep in mind that making real friends takes a lot of time, especially once you reach a certain age. Do you need to have friends? Are you happier on your own and spending time with your family?

These are all extremely important questions that you need to answer before you take a job and relocate. You should never take a move easy if you are worried that your family will suffer.

Personal life is important and it is extremely difficult to be happy if there is something wrong on the personal front, no matter how great your new job is.

The New Town (or Country)

New environment

Another big factor in deciding whether to relocate for a job is your new destination. Often times, this will be a big upgrade over your current town as budding and innovative cities are more likely to need workers from outside. These are usually towns where the economic situation is a positive one and where the future is bright.

Of course, this is not always the case. Sometimes these towns that invite workers from outside do it because they do not have the local workforce and they can often be basic places that have very little to offer to a newcomer.

If you are moving abroad for a job, there are even more things to consider. For example, you need to know what kind of visa you will be getting, how the immigration laws and authorities handle newcomers to the country and, in the end, how well the country in question accepts foreigners. In such situations, it is best to seek legal advice from experts in your destination country and town.

Doing a bit of research on your destination city is even more important if you have a family and especially if your children are attending school. Sometimes a job is not worth jeopardising your children’s education.

Closing Word

There are a number of factors that will help you decide whether you should relocate for a new job. The good news is that this easier done today than ever before thanks to the internet and websites like BrighterMonday that will provide you with all the advice you need.

 

Njeri Karanja
Njeri is a reading and creative writing enthusiast who is neck-deep in research writing. She is well versed in researching and writing on various topics.
 

54 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to move to Canada in search of a teaching job : English and literature. Kindly assist.

  2. I would like to find a job in human resource department but also I won’t mind front office secretary anywhere in the country

  3. Thanks for the insight BrighterMonday. It has helped me since I am in the process of re-locating to a new challenging town for my new assignment.

  4. Am looking for entry level job in accounts or finance am also open to internship am based in Mombasa.
    Kindly assist
    Regards

  5. Hallo. J have been applying for jobs you post but I have never been lucky to secure even an interview. Please assist

    • Hi Nicholas,

      Thank you for your readership.
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained. subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      We hope these measures will help you increase your chances to be considered.

      ^TM

  6. Have been trying to unsubscribe from daily email notifications to no avail. Kindly do something about.The volume of email notifications is high and i already got a job.

  7. Am looing for job in the Middle East in the areas of Accounting and Finance. I have 23 yrs working experience

    • HI Aston,
      Thank you for showing interest in our job site.
      Its important to acknowledge that we dont post middle east jobs however, you can apply latest ones advertised on our website within Kenya and across east afriaca. Visit Brightermonday.com to get all the latest jobs we have posted.

      ^TM

  8. I have been offered a job in Kitale and currently am in Nyeri. They pay is a consolidated salary of Kshs.32000.Am finishing my course work for my MBA next week. Do I really need to make this move? I am supposed to report on 15th may 2017.

    • Hi Joshua,
      If you are not working, and this job matches your qualifications, then it’s a good starting point. Make sure that you weigh all your options critically because the process requires you to find a new place to call home. Familiarize yourself with your new environment, master the job, and build a new network but more importantly, make sure that you know what is available for you. That includes transport and rent because you have to know the environment well before you move in. Its advisable to consider these factors first before moving. If you still have more questions on this feel free to get back to us.

      ^TM

  9. Quit helpful and Educating. Is it advisable to leave your 2 years old job for a new one?

    • Hi Washington,

      Thank you for reading.
      If you want to move to a more stable company or maybe you feel that you need to grow then you can do so however make sure that your reasons are justifiable. All the best and if you need more advice, you are free to ask.

      ^TM

  10. I have been applying for a mechanic jobs (automotive industry) without success . I have seen one for British American tobacco advice

    • Hi Benjamin,
      We understand your frustration.
      There are several contributions to that and the list below can shed some light on the possible reasons:
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained.
      Subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue click here https://www.brightermonday.co.ke/search/jobs-in-engineering-construction to view and subscribe.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      We hope all these measures will improve your chances of being considered

      ^TM

  11. Thanks brighter Monday for helping job seekers and I’m the one among them….I hope one day I could get a job from this website.I’m not going to loose hope coz I know there are people who suffer like me but now they are enjoying

    • Hi Zaine,
      You can easily secure a job through Brighter Monday, you just need to review your account and detect where you have been going wrong. It could be you have been applying the wrong jobs or your cv and profile are not updated. Just make those changes and dont loose hope. The articles we have written here especially for cv https://goo.gl/Eew7qx and profile completnes https://goo.gl/k27vG3, completness very quite significant and if you follow and implement them appropriately, then you will see a big change. Feel free to get back to us if you need further assistance.

      ^TM

  12. Hello,
    have been applying for various jobs in Kenya but unfortunately i don’t get any feedback.
    I also feel pushed to the wall in my current job i want to quit though i haven’t found anything else to do
    Please advice

    • Hi Julia,
      You can secure a job through Brighter Monday but with regards to your other issue of being pushed, please look back and see where you have been going wrong. It could be that you are an under performer and as such you there is need for you t improve so before you reach your final decision make sure that your reason of quitting is justifiable..think deeply other wise we wish you all the best.

      ^TM

  13. Hi brightermonday,i am a zealous job seeker who have been here for so long now.Pls help me find one in micro-finance,accounts,bank teller or finance sector in general. i have a degree in economics, finance,CPA, certified banker

  14. Hey brighter monday. This is a good read.
    Also let guys consider the kind of experience and career background they want to build. I moved to a new town under a new job so I can build my experience for years to come.

    • Hi Wangui,
      Thank you for sharing your sentiments with us.
      We appreciate your engagement.

      ^TM

  15. Does it make sense to stay in a job whose earning is barely enough to sustain you and ends up adding more baggage to my parents considering i had to move towns for it?On the other hand i also don’t want to leave since as it is right now it is extremely hard to secure a job.Please advice because all am feeling right now is as if am wasting my time. .

    • Hi Sharon,
      Sorry to hear your story. Our advice on this is to first think critically. If there is a chance for potential for growth, salary increase etc then you can hang in there. However, if you see no indication of this then prepare early first by ensuring you have a plan b. More importantly ensure that you inform your employer reasons wish to leave and if they dont talk you back for consideration then its ok to leave. You can read this article to know more about your plan b. Click here https://www.brightermonday.co.ke/blog/plan-b-career/
      We wish you all the best and if you have more questions, feel free to write to us.

      ^TM

  16. Dear Sir,
    I have been applying for jobs with brighter Monday for over 3 years now and I have never even managed to get one nor received any regret from any of the jobs.
    Am I The one doing it all wrong or what? Kindly advice.

    • Hi Ombima,
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained.
      subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.We hope all these measures will improve your chances of being considered.

      ^TM

  17. I am an accountant struggling for a job.my cv was written by corporate staffing but i got no even one interview.how can u advice me join the online accounting job because i have tried to subsribe without success.

    • Hi Martin,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      There are several contributors to that like, if you have not been applying jobs that matches your skills or your time of application is not immediate, then you should avoid that because your CV could be well constructed but those two factors could hinder you to from getting feedback. With regards to online jobs read here http://bit.ly/2uK4uyI to get tips on how to search.

      ^TM

  18. Hello, am an Accountant professionally,as we all know looking for a job and actually getting one that suits your career is hectic. With this,I landed in a company that employed me as a Secretary, I needed a job so I could not decline. Should there be a chance for Accountants anywhere,am willing to relocate. My passion is in Accounting field.

    • Hi Florence,
      There are jobs that you can apply on our website but before you decide to quit, you need to follow important steps and the article here http://bit.ly/1VpLDSL will help you on that.

      ^TM

  19. Dear BrighterMonday team,

    I do receive your job alerts but can’t log into the adverts. I reset my password but still nothing doing. Tried registering again and it didn’t work. What could be the problem

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for writing to us.
      We will reset your account so that you are able to log in.
      Check your inbox and response to our customer service email.

      ^TM

  20. hello brighter Monday thanks for the tips am one among the job seekers and I know I will find a job through you thanks

    • Hi Fidelia,
      Thank you for showing interest in our jobsite. You will get that job only if you apply frequently and more importantly they have to be jobs that matches your talent. Your cv and profile also needs to be updated to increase your chances. Check out the latest jobs we have posted via the link here http://bit.ly/2qzY17w

      ^TM

  21. Great article. There are many people out there that this article can help especially now that through job market recognizes no boundaries as multinationals expand their markets. There really number of companies out there with parasitic tendencies and preying on the ignorance of job searchers. Thank you Brightermonday for the great article.

    • Hi Njeru,
      Thank you for reading and sharing your sentiments.
      For this information to reach out to many people, you can contribute in that by sharing to your friends and colleagues so that they also can benefit.

      ^TM

  22. Thank you for this grate information for me since i am intending to relocate for career development.

  23. Hello brighter Monday team,

    I am willing to relocate so as to brighten my future as i advance in my career,thanks for the information.

  24. Hello I applied for a job on this site a few weeks ago and the interview was successful as well ,but the final notice was I will be soon invited for the job training via email ,it is now almost 3 weeks I haven’t heard from the HR manager about the issue
    Am getting worried and impatient ,what I do i do because honestly you start getting frustrated ?

    • Hi Hillias,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      To answer you on that, the position might have been put on hold because of an avoidable reasons, or it could be that the hiring process is still ongoing either way just stay put by regularly checking your inbox and your mobile should always remain switched on. You can in the mean while keep on applying latest jobs we have advertised http://bit.ly/1R181w5 because you cant predict when you get feedback. All the best!

      ^TM

  25. Hi I want to relocate to kenya from Nigeria. The reason being that my wife to be is in Kenya and we are about to start a new home. I need a job in Kenya and I have subscribed to brighter monday. How can I he helped to get a job so as to settle in?

    • Hi Ufeh,
      Thank you for showing interest in our job site.
      When you have settled in Kenya, access latest opportunities that we have here http://bit.ly/2qzY17w or even tell us your field of profession and we will send you a link with all the latest jobs we have advertised.

      ^TM

    • Hi Eugene,
      We are glad that our services are of positive impact to your career. Now you know what to do when relocating jobs. Keep it here for more!

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