If you know you want to be somewhere else but haven’t decided on your ideal location, you can use a couple of priorities to guide your selection: Location and profession.
Where you want to live
Are you looking for a better location? Decide on your priorities. What is important to you and your family? Number this list according to what is most important to you, next most important, and so on.
- The size of the city.
- Weather more to your liking.
- A better business climate.
- Lower cost of living.
- More interesting surroundings.
- Closer to fun and entertainment.
- Closer to family.
- Better education for kids.
- Medical care.
- Safety and security.
- Preparing for retirement.
Use your top priorities in a Google search nationally or even internationally, if you’re up for a very new experience.
Explore these sites:
- Top 100 Best Places to Live.
- Best Places to Live and Work.
- 2015 Best and Worst Large Cities to Live In.
- Use City-life’s Cost of Living Calculator.
- Cheapest Cities You Will Want to Live In.
- America’s Coolest Cities.
- Best Places to Raise a Family.
- 10 Best Cities for Affordable Healthcare.
- Best Places to Retire in 2015.
- Top 100 Safest US Communities.
Where you want to work
Start with a general article about the best cities to work in to give you a sense of the type of information you are likely to find. Allison Doyle’s Best Cities to Work In is a good introduction:
The best search to start with is the one outlined above: Best city for (fill in your job title).
Because you are likely to have concerns in addition to your profession, you will probably find the list of best locations above helpful when making your decision.
First, find the cities that appeal to you from a work perspective. Then, see if any of them are also on your Other Priorities list. Cross-reference until you find a good combination.
Once you’ve decided on where you will look for your next job, you can begin your search. If you are stuck at this stage, contact me right away. I can teach you job search techniques that give you a much better chance of getting in front of the competition and landing that job so you can get to your next fun place.
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