I've gotten myself in a weird situation and I wanted to know what you smart folks thought . . . I moved to my current city a few years ago. After getting out as much as I can, trying to make friends, moving across town a couple times, I've come to realize that this town just isn't a good fit for me and I don't really have a future here. Unfortunately, I didn't finally, fully realize this until about a month after starting a new job here.
The job itself is pretty good. I've been welcomed enthusiastically and the company clearly cares about its employees, which makes me feel even worse about wanting to leave. I don't think working remotely is feasible. They seem very opposed to having remote workers philosophically, and the tax/cost of living situations between this state and the one I want to move to would make staying really financially disadvantageous for me.
As for my work history, I've only been out of school for just over 4 years so it's pretty short. I stayed at my first job for 2.5 years and had a one-year contract. I did have one FTE job that I left after six months because it was a bad situation and was making me miserable. Otherwise it's just this new job.
So, my questions:
1) How do I spin this relocation to the current workplace and new workplaces? It's not technically for family or anything which I know sounds a bit better. Can I just say it's for "personal reasons" and leave it at that?
2) I know it'd be ideal to stay at least a year, but I just can't see myself wasting another year here for the sake of work. When can I realistically start applying to jobs in the new city? I was thinking about trying to wait a few months until the new year starts, but will that matter or be important?
3) How do I deal with my current employer? Should I tell them ASAP that I want to leave, or should I wait until I've got a job offer in hand?