January, 2012
To Move or Not to Move Would you move for a job? Many of us have. I've done it...six times in 12 years to be exact! Yep, I was quite a "nomad" in my earlier TV years... spending an average of two years at each place. Thankfully those days are over for me. I've been in LA for almost eight years and this is where I plan to stay. Apparently, a lot of folks feel the way I do. According to a new report by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas... fewer people are willing to uproot their lives for a job. The report says... the percentage of job seekers relocating for new positions dropped to a near record low in the second half of 2011. Logically speaking, you would think it would be the opposite. People need jobs... people go where the jobs are. Alas, no. The report say it has a lot to do with the housing crisis. Many people are underwater in their homes and can't sell or can't afford to take a loss... so they're simply stuck. This lack of mobility among the nation's unemployed could be one of the biggest obstacles to economic recovery. When the economy gets better it gets harder to find qualified in certain areas. When that happens... companies must look elsewhere... if job seekers are still unable or unwilling to move... it could stall growth. That's bad for business and bad for all of us. So what's my take on all this... if you CAN move, you might want to give it a shot! If it means a better life for you and your family... why not take a risk... throw caution to the wind? Moving can be fun and exciting... a chance to start fresh and reinvent yourself. Drop me a postcard when you arrive! Check out the full report here: http://www.challengergray.com/press/PressRelease.aspx?PressUid=210