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Nick and his wife would like to move back to Kentucky where their families are. Should Nick go ahead and give his notice, put their house up for sale, and plan for the move?

QUESTION: Nick in Portland and his wife just had their first child. They’d like to move back to Kentucky where their families are so that his wife can become a stay-at-home mom. His wife is supposed to return to work November 1. Nick will be laid off in a few months. Should Nick go ahead and give his notice, put their house up for sale, and plan for the move?

ANSWER: I’m not as worried about it damaging your ability to get a job as I am that your plan doesn’t work and then you’re really up a creek. If you don’t land the job in Kentucky, what are you going to do then? You go land the job in Kentucky, and then you quit and move. Get the job in Kentucky, then quit, put the house on the market, and move. Let’s make sure the boat’s close to the dock before we jump toward the water. I don’t want your butt wet here. You’ve got a little baby. I want this baby to have a place to live.

The way you talked through this in terms of your job-hunt process and the way you’re carrying yourself in the conversation—I think you’re really employable. I think you’re going to do really well in the interviews, and my guess is you’re probably going to land that job. Take a week of vacation or something you’ve had coming, go to Kentucky, get the job, come home, put the house on the market, and book. Then she can quit at that point. I would definitely go that route.

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