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Posted by James Hawley, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Friday, Jul 3, 2015
The US economy is gaining momentum and in May there were 280,000 jobs available with 17,000 of them in the construction industry. In New York, Texas, Florida, Washington and California there has been a significant increase in demand, specifically for engineers, estimators, project managers and superintendents.
When opportunities for higher salaries and better career options come up in other states, there are some key factors you need to consider before making a move.
Your long term goals
Knowing what you want in the next five to 10 years of your career and home life will help prioritize what kind of role you want, where you are willing to live, and how long you plan to stay.
If you have or plan to have children you may need to look at the local school system. If you’re looking for a medium-term, high paying opportunity so you can save money, then local living costs and base salary will be important.
The current jobs available
In some cases there may be few opportunities locally, but numerous jobs elsewhere you might want to find a job with more responsibility or where you will learn new skills.
What do you need to achieve in the next two years that will open up your career path options? Regions that are experiencing skills shortages are often places with lots of opportunities for growth and progression for workers who have the right knowledge and ambition.
The resources available
Many employers offer relocation or housing support to attract talent to the area. In remote areas or where there have been skill shortages, there are often expat communities which can help settling in and building a network. Find out about local networks and groups you could be involved in , and whether you’re going to be able to create a social group, meet new people, and grow your career.
Looking for your next big move? Check out the opportunities below, or do a job search for your preferred location.
Senior Estimator Houston 1007937
MEP Superintendent New York 1008500
Project Manager K12 Orlando 1008347
Estimator New Jersey 1008433
Project Engineer - Civil Seattle 1008303
Don't see the right next move for you? Search for jobs, or contact your local recruitment consultant.
Find out more about James Hawley, Executive Vice President, an expert in Construction & Property.