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Old 06-17-2019, 11:53 PM
 
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I had been in the running for a job but didn't get it. Instead, I was offered another job by same company. Things moved quicker than I expeected. It's a pretty big company with a footprint all over the country.



It would involve relocating 3 hours away to a city I've never stepped foot into before. Not to mention, my interviews for this position were all over the phone/web cam, so I've never even been inside the company's office in that town. Checking out the city/possible apartments is most important.

They would like an answer to their offer by this Friday. The problem is I currently work M-F and it's hard to get time off with less than two weeks notice. On top of that, I have family coming in from halfway across the country this weekend, so that's out.

I could scope out the area and maybe look at places to live the last weekend of June. The problem is, that's obviously past the deadline of this Friday.

Not to mention, I think it would be in very poor taste on my part to just up and leave my current job with zero notice. I don't want to burn any bridges. I've always given two weeks notice to my employers the few times I've changed jobs.

I don't want to come off as flakey. Am I thinking about this the wrong way? Would you relocate for a job and NOT check out the area first.

For what it's worth, the company did offer a few thousand in relocation expenses.
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:13 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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To answer the question about moving to a place sight unseen, yes I've done it quite a few times, and most of it happened before the web even existed. It can be done. However, as soon as I knew there was a possibility of a job there I started researching the place. I had some idea what the basics might be before the job offer came up. Negotiate for a little more time and get on the web now. Ask the company for assistance. This isn't the first time this has happened. Could you request a co-worker contact at the new office to ask some basic questions about the area? You won't get all the information you probably would like, but it might be enough. There are places to live everywhere. There won't be any perfect place, perfect office situation, perfect job.

If you do get the offer, just give the notice you can...explain the short notice to your boss. If its the same company it may not be all that much of a surprise.

If you are not ready, comfortable, or flexible enough to pull up stakes and deal with a new location on short notice, don't.

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Old 06-18-2019, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I did it back in 2012 although under slightly different circumstances. I needed a new job ASAP and landed an offer 1200 miles away in a metro I had never visited before. I took the plunge and it turned out great - I really enjoyed the area and the job, but I realize I got lucky.

OP, if this is a job you actually really want, do some research NOW on the new area, so you can make an informed decision by Friday.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:33 AM
 
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CD has threads for each state. If you live in the US, those threads may help you -- especially if the city you want more information about is listed as a sub topic.

And I know this may sound silly but Google the address of your perspective employer and then use Google maps to virtually navigate your way around the area. And look for apartment buildings that fit your criteria and do the same. It won't feel the same way as actually being there but it will give you an idea of what the area and surrounding areas look like.

Good luck!
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:44 AM
 
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Go to Youtube and watch videos on the city.
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Nowadays it's easy to get a feel on any city through the Internet and videos. I would not hesitate making a move using the above mentioned tools at my disposal.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:02 AM
 
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Yeah, I've moved having either seen nothing or limited to one short visit. With the internet you can watch videos, get people's input, etc. etc.

Do NOT worry about giving notice. In the end, that same company would not think twice about laying you off on Christmas week without notice if it saved them a few bucks.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:10 AM
 
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CD has threads for each state. If you live in the US, those threads may help you -- especially if the city you want more information about is listed as a sub topic.

And I know this may sound silly but Google the address of your perspective employer and then use Google maps to virtually navigate your way around the area. And look for apartment buildings that fit your criteria and do the same. It won't feel the same way as actually being there but it will give you an idea of what the area and surrounding areas look like.

Good luck!
Excellent idea.

Also, if itís 3 hours away thatís doable for an evening/night drive to at least get some idea. Leave work at 5, drive around the city from 8-9 when itís still a bit light out and get home by midnight.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:11 AM
 
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I had been in the running for a job but didn't get it. Instead, I was offered another job by same company. Things moved quicker than I expeected. It's a pretty big company with a footprint all over the country.



It would involve relocating 3 hours away to a city I've never stepped foot into before. Not to mention, my interviews for this position were all over the phone/web cam, so I've never even been inside the company's office in that town. Checking out the city/possible apartments is most important.

They would like an answer to their offer by this Friday. The problem is I currently work M-F and it's hard to get time off with less than two weeks notice. On top of that, I have family coming in from halfway across the country this weekend, so that's out.

I could scope out the area and maybe look at places to live the last weekend of June. The problem is, that's obviously past the deadline of this Friday.

Not to mention, I think it would be in very poor taste on my part to just up and leave my current job with zero notice. I don't want to burn any bridges. I've always given two weeks notice to my employers the few times I've changed jobs.

I don't want to come off as flakey. Am I thinking about this the wrong way? Would you relocate for a job and NOT check out the area first.

For what it's worth, the company did offer a few thousand in relocation expenses.
I think you could ask for an extra week due to it being a new job opportunity. As to family, maybe include them in a day trip on Sunday?
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:26 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I had been in the running for a job but didn't get it. Instead, I was offered another job by same company.
Things moved quicker than I expected. It's a pretty big company with a footprint all over the country.
That's called a bait & switch. It happens.

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It would involve relocating 3 hours away to a city I've never stepped foot into before.
...the company did offer a few thousand in relocation expenses.
Is it a better job market than where you are now?
Is it an appealing place (vs being some wide spot in the road backwater)?
If you can't answer yes to BOTH of these questions... keep looking.

But if you CAN answer yes... start packing.
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