I’ve had more than one person give me job advice that has this line as a starting place for the job hunt: “pick where you want to be or what you want to do.” Logically, this makes sense. Try to determine which of the two major factors in a job search matters more to you: location or the job itself. But the more I think about it, the more I become uneasy about this advice.
If you choose a location, it feels like you’re sacrificing not getting a job you want. If you choose a job, it feels like you’re sacrificing your personal life.
My angle is to do a bit of both. Do I want to end up in Oklahoma? Probably not unless a company has something damn good to offer me in OK. Do I want a job in San Francisco? Not if it’s not something I don’t want to do. I think each instance must be weighed independently. It’s a different formula each time. As such, I have been looking and applying all over the map. I won’t even rule out China. But I also am not after a specific job title or a specific company.