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Work in a Small Town to Experience Big Perks

Work in a Small Town to Experience Big Perks
From Recruiter - January 5, 2017

During a job hunt, many job seekers find themselves considering a possible move to a new city. A list of questions comes up when evaluating their options: Are there many jobs available in my current city? Am I near my family and friends? Would I rather be on the coast or near the mountains?

Very often, I hear from job seekers who have always dreamed of living in a large city, such as Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco. These are all beautiful locations full of jobs in hot industries. They have no shortage of culture, food, or interesting people. In many ways, they can be a dream come true.

But Id like to argue that theres also quite a lot to be said for taking a job in a small or midsize city.

I am originally from Oklahoma City, and my career has given me the opportunity to live in a number of places, including Albany, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and Los Angeles. All of this moving has given me a unique perspective on wherethe best places to live and work are.

It is generally accepted thatcompanies in larger cities pay higher salaries. While this may be true to some degree, consider this: In a market like Los Angeles, there may be hundreds or thousands of people who are qualified for a particular specialized job. Those candidates are competing against one another for that job. Because of all this competition, the company may be able to pay a bit less to the eventual winner. However, in a smaller city, specialized workers are harder to find. Companies are oftenforced to pay very competitive wages in order to lure in the unique skill sets they need. In fact, these companies may even pay more than the typical market rate.

In addition to the financial benefits, smaller cities can have other career perks. For example, its not uncommon to be promoted to a higher position of management within a company at a younger age. Ive observedpeople work their way up to a director title5-10 years faster in a smaller market. Its easier to be a big fish when youre in a small pond.



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