The senior DBA from Chicago took that approach. Today he lives in Oklahoma and works as a DBA at an oil company. "I'm respected, have access to the greatest technology, and I'm compensated well," he says. He received a 13% bonus and expects a pay raise of about 10% later this month. He also enjoys flextime and access to lots of training. "I'm very happy," he adds, "and I'm here for the long haul."
When Moving Might Be the Best Way to Get Your Career Unstuck
So you live in a region of the country that isn't recovering fast enough for your liking. Should you move? The answer for most workers today is no.
"People are not relocating," says Sheila Greco, president of Sheila Greco Associates. They either own homes that might be worth less today than what they paid for them, "or their spouse has a job that they feel good about," she says. But if a great opportunity comes along, it's worth weighing your options, Greco adds.
"One thing I'm telling IT people is that if you can get international experience, [do it]. If you have the opportunity to take on an international role, even if you only do that for a year or two, it will make you stand out," Greco says.
"Also, don't move sideways or relocate for a 5% pay increase," she adds. "But if it's 10% to 15%, take a look at it."
And telecommuting may not be the best option.
"Telecommuting is good for a while, but out of sight is out of mind," Greco says. "If you want to climb the ladder, you really have to play the game. You can be the best worker, but if you're not there, people don't know you."