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A friend of mine just announced that he is moving to Hawaii. My immediate feeling is of pure jealously, especially since it is winter in Chicago. But then I wondered, how do you know when it is time to get out of Dodge?

Luckily Andrew Klappholz covers this in his article on Ladders.com. According to Klappholz, people decide to relocate for a variety of reasons, and work is usually right at the top of that list. This is an important point since we know that unemployment rates across the United States differ so job prospects may not be the same everywhere.

Jacob Young, an SEO specialist and online reputation manager for Young Social Media states in the article that “jobseekers who are considering a move should do a virtual audit of the location and find the closest points of interest that fit their lifestyle.” He also recommends going on Google maps to get a street view, talking to folks that live there, and find out if there are places to go like gyms and tanning salons when not at work. In addition, he reminds readers to think about the weather common for that city and to spend some time in the city not doing tourist things but riding like the train like a local.

Will my friend find his dream job in Honolulu or will he end selling coconuts on the beach? Only time with tell, but if things don’t work out in the Rainbow State he can always say he gave it a try and Chicago will always welcome him back.

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