A Job seeker with a security clearance may have a better chance of getting offers from companies in other states, especially in areas with military and defense installations. The option for relocation can be very appealing, especially if the current geographic job market is not as robust.

An active security clearance gives applicants the advantage in states where there are fewer eligible candidates for jobs requiring a clearance. Recruiting and hiring cleared professionals willing to relocate can save the hiring company the time and expense it takes to clear new employees.

The anticipation and excitement of a starting new job can be even more intense when that job involves a relocation to a different state. The promise of a career change, and potential for advancement or change in a new state, can deter enthusiastic job seekers from asking the right questions and making some important decisions.

Before making a decision to relocate, questions and answers need to be evaluated and discussed with the recruiter and hiring manager.  All job offers require careful forethought, consideration and planning; and a job offer with a relocation will require even more than a local job.

Consider the following five items before making a firm decision to relocate:

1. Realistic cost-analysis.

A job relocation can be very expensive, and it’s critical to know what hidden costs can be associated with a new state. One hidden cost to consider is the price of car insurance rates and license requirements. If the relocation is to an urban area, commute options and prices should be at the top on the list of questions to consider.

2. Relocation to a previous duty-station.

Veterans may want to consider relocating to a state where they previously lived while serving in the military. Familiarity with the region will help lessen transition time, in addition to the advantages of having existing networking and social contacts.

3. Local taxes and fees.

Personal property and real estate taxes vary wildly from state to state. Take extra care to research and understand the local tax requirements and percentages before signing an offer letter or agreeing to a salary.

4. Moving costs.

Moving across country can be prohibitively expensive. Moving an entire household can cost into the thousands of dollars. It is imperative to find out if the entire cost of the move be covered? If not, what percentage will be covered by the firm? Answers to these questions can save a small fortune in moving costs.

5. Salary expectations and negotiation.

Salary negotiation is part of any job interview, and even more important when it involves a relocation to another state. Before finalizing any offer, a job seeker should research how much it costs to live in a new state, and how does that compare with current salary and standard of living?

Many job seekers are looking to make a change, and there are many more options and possibilities open to those who are willing to relocate to another part of the country. Being informed and educated will help make the decision-making process easier, less stressful and more successful.

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Diana M. Rodriguez is a native Washingtonian who works as a professional freelance writer, commentator, and blogger; as well as a public affairs, website content and social media manager for the Department of Defense.