A delicious offer to be a plant manager of a large baked goods company swayed the Taffer family to move from Kentucky to Oklahoma.
“My husband had tried a different avenue, but the food industry is in his blood,” says Wendy Harrison Taffer, who, along with the couple’s two hound dogs and some of her college-bound son’s stuff (so “he’ll have it when he visits the new home”), will soon be meeting up with her husband who has already relocated. “I’m a pediatric RN and after 25 years of marriage, it’s always easy for me to find a job.” This time around, her husband’s bliss was at stake, after all, she reasons.
Apparently, the pursuit of happiness on the job is making movers and shakers (with emphasis on movers) of us all. Taffer is not alone. An independent survey commissioned recently by HireAHelper.com found that most people move for a job opportunity.
About 28 percent of the more than 586 do-it-yourself movers, who responded to the survey, said they relocated for work. And it’s not just empty nesters, such as the Taffers. Young people are willing to go wherever the work leads them, too, says Roberto Angulo, CEO and co-founder of AfterCollege.com, a U.S. service for college students and grads seeking employment. Only 11 percent of student job searches involve filtering by location, he adds. (Tweet this)
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“This makes sense as many younger workers don’t yet have family obligations and are therefore more mobile,” says Angulo. Once recent grads find work, they are willing to keep up dorm life by taking on roommates and heading to the cheaper neighborhoods for the chance to work in nearby cities, such as San Francisco or Silicon Valley, which are usually out of the price range of someone just starting out.
People are willing to move out of their comfort zone – both literally and figuratively – for the right job opportunity. But not all DIY movers are dreamers looking to carve their niche in a career.
About 9 percent of respondents bought a place and quit renting, 8 percent needed a larger place, 8 percent were downsizing, 8 percent transferred, and 8 percent wanted a better neighborhood. Retirement, graduation, and military relocation round out the bottom portion of the list, while nearly 22 percent had other reasons for leaving one place for another.
Viewpoint America conducted the survey for HireAHelper in October 2013, and the results were analyzed using a state-of-the-art statistical software system from IBM. HireAHelper commissioned the survey to shed light on the type of people using the new DIY “moving hack,” which combines the traditional DIY rental truck (or mobile storage container) with moving labor for a less painful move.
Wondering whether the typical DIY mover is the type with whom you’d grab a beer?
Well, your bar buddy would most likely be a lady (54 percent of respondents were female), married (56 percent were sporting a ring on that all-important finger), and without children (68 percent had none).
Maybe you could upgrade from beer to champagne because the largest slice, at 24 percent, report a household income of $75,000 to $99,999. Around 63 percent are employed full time. And you could probably wax philosophical about the existentialism of your move because over a third (38%), hold a masters degree. You might also commiserate about the pros and cons of renting – or your eccentric landlord – because most respondents, at 55 percent, are tenants.
Whoever is sitting at the next bar stool, there’s a good chance he or she has moved at some point and dreams big about work and everything else. Don’t we all? So, next time you’re at happy hour, raise a glass to the rest of the mobile worker bees and their willingness to go wherever the jobs take them. Cheers!
Photo Credit: (Mick Baker)rooster