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Over a year ago, I began a job search, as I was not pleased with the direction of my board and the community as a whole. In the next few months I was invited to interview at several places. Some I turned down the opportunity to interview. Others did not offer me the job. Some offered me the job, but because I did not like the community, or the salary was unrealistic, I declined.
In the meantime, some of the local businesses confronted my board to advocate on my behalf. My most problematic board member left. Another changed his ways, and eventually stepped down. A third was not reappointed. Suddenly, I have a board that is eager to take on new projects, a supportive city council, and now even the city manager, who has been a frequent obstacle, resigned. It looks like a promising time, and frankly, the projects I have lined up excite me.
So here's the problem. The last resume I sent out, back in February, is bearing some fruit. I had a telephone interview and was invited to interview in person. Now they want to check my references and do a background check, and asked if there is anyone I would like to fly out with me to see the city. This is a well-known, progressive community with an outstanding reputation in planning circles (although this is a first shot at economic development). We have not talked salary, but I expect the pay is much better, approaching six figures. Then again, it would have to be, as the cost of living is much higher.
Do I stay where I am, with a promising future and interesting projects, close to my family and friends, in a state where I know the statutes and have a wide professional network, with a low cost of living and opportunities to do the things I enjoy (like gardening)? Or do I take the risk and move to the high-profile community? It would certainly be putting me on the track to future jobs in top management.
Hmmm.... Anyone want to help methink through this one?