I get recruiter calls every so often. I always listen, because you never know where that sort of thing is going to go.
I listen. I answer the questions. I might even go through another level of phone interviews from time to time.
In the best-case scenario, I hear a salary range. And they always sound nice when you’re on the phone. One was a 50% pay raise if you just go by the numbers.
But if you’re in a similar situation to me, you can’t just go by the numbers.
That 50% pay bump was for a job in Washington, DC … which means it really wasn’t a pay bump at all. If it were a job in the Bay Area? It would have been a pay cut.
So, here’s my pro tip: Before you accept any job that requires you to relocate, run the numbers through a cost of living calculator.
The results will almost always surprise you.
Bonus pro tip: If you run a company in Silicon Valley, stop wasting your investor money (even if that’s what it’s there for) and hire remote employees. Much more bang for your buck.