Employment News: Cities with strong job potential

Within the past 18 to 24 months, it has been reported that the economy is finally on the upswing, but some areas of the country are definitely seeing a larger growth than others. If you live in one of the areas that is recovering at a slower rate, why not check out the employment news. Have you considered the possibility of relocating? If so, you might want to check out the WalletHub’s list of cities across the US with the greatest potential for company growth and finding a job with security.

Relocation Isn’t a Scary as It Sounds

Most people dread the idea of moving to a new location simply because the thought of relocating to somewhere new brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Not only will you be heading off into the unknown but you will need to find new schools for the kids, leave behind friends and family that have been your staunchest supporters for many years and quite simply, make a new life for yourself. Relocating can, however, be one of the best things you ever do, and you may end up seeing the rewards from your relocation in as little as a year.

Let’s Start at the Beginning

Before getting yourself worked up into a frenzy, the first thing you will obviously want to do is check out the cities where job potential is highest. According to that report by WalletHub, the top 5 cities in order of rank are:

1. Plano, TX
2. Overland Park, KS
3. Austin, TX
4. Irving, TX
5. Salt Lake City, UT

Do you find it odd that three out of five are in Texas? Actually, oil is not the only industry that is doing well in the Lone Star State, so this is one state, as a whole, you might want to consider. However, in their ranking, job potential wasn’t the only factor being considered, as there were 17 key metrics to be analyzed. Still, when you look at the list of 150 of the most populated cities across the country and Texas boasts 16 of them, that’s better than 10 percent of the possibilities when the average should have been 2 percent per state!

Before Selling Everything You Own and Hitting the Road

Before selling everything you own to hit the road, make sure that you do have a job lined up, a home to go to and schools for the kids. Once all that is in order you may want to sell your house fast and get to your new job, but only once those things have been taken care of. Besides checking out the schools, make sure to look for the church you will be attending, doctors for the family and then get together a list of all the emergency numbers you may one day need.

Chances are you won’t ever need to call Poison Control because your dog ate a box of catnap, but you might need the local fire department’s number when that log in the fireplace sets the creosote in the chimney ablaze. Just be aware of the fact that you will be in a totally new place without the support system you have grown so accustomed to.

Beginning a Whole New Life

There may be regional differences that you need to become familiar with as well. For example, in Louisiana you didn’t have counties, you had parishes. In the northeast you called Coke a ‘pop’ but in most of the rest of the country it is ‘soda’ or ‘soda pop.’ And then there is Georgia where everything that is carbonated is a Coke. Shopping carts are buggies and kids say “Yes Ma’m and No Sir” or they are swatted on the behind.

Needless to say and all joking aside, about the scariest thing you will likely encounter when relocating for a new job is the slight regional differences that will need getting used to.

In the employment news, it isn’t all positive nor is it all negative. Your region may be recovering at a slower rate than others, but there are a variety of areas of the country where business is booming and jobs are abundant. Don’t be afraid of change and you can find a job if that’s what you want. It just might not be where you want but it will be job and that’s what counts.

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Kris Rush

Kris hails from a small business family. Dad and Mom raised a big family on a small turkey ranch in Fresno, California where lots of love, hard work and long days were a way of life. This early passion for small business led to life of work in their behalf. Right out of...