Or can you? Relocation is a scary thought. Anita Bruzzese wrote a post about considering the options and tells the story of a family that took a risk. Here are the take aways:
Research the financial health of the company
Research the labor market in the new locations just in case the new job doesn't work out
Get as much relocation money from your new company as possible, if possible
Another option would be to relocate only yourself for a trial period. Hey, who knows, you may enjoy the new city.
A friend and neighbor of mine commuted for over a year to Pittsburgh. He spent 4 days down there and drove home for long weekends. Was it tough on their family, you betcha'. But, he was earning money and doing something.
My cousin solo-relocated for over a year. He would commute home on Friday's.
There are also options for doing contract work. Could you go to New Jersey for 6 months?
Honestly, I don't believe there is a shortage of jobs for those that are willing to do the work and be flexible. Perhaps it is about making short term sacrifices for longer term gains. You'll never know if you don't take a chance.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.