GET IT TOGETHER
Seriously, this is the biggest tip and will always be tip number one. Relocation is often an exercise in staying organized. Remember that time in college when you didn’t do your dissertation and kept putting it off because quite frankly there were better things to do, and then just before it was due you stayed up for 48 hours, drank 16 cans of Red Bull, nearly had a heart attack and finally managed to submit it on time with ten seconds to spare? Yeah, don’t do that. If you leave everything to the last minute, you might actually have a heart attack.
IF YOU DON’T ASK, YOU WON’T GET
Many people make life harder for themselves by not asking their employer about help available to them. A lot of employers will help with coordinating relocation services and financial benefits such as covering costs, helping find suitable real estate agents and connecting you to local services. They’ve done it hundreds of times already, so trust them and ask for help. There’s no point fumbling in the dark if you don’t have to.
DON’T MAKE LONG-TERM COMMITMENTS
People generally want to buy a house immediately and get settled, but think about renting first. It gives you a chance to get to know the neighborhood and the city you’re moving to. Wherever you first live might not be the place you end up. Everything is very different once you’re there, and give yourself the chance to feel the vibes and energy of different neighborhoods. Give yourself a chance to get settled.
KNOW THE COSTS
There are so many costs associated with moving, and lots of hidden ones creep in as you go along. Like paying a specialist to move that massive piano you’re great, great grandmother handed down to you, or something like that. The point is, know what you have to pay for before you start negotiating salaries and moving costs so that you don’t find yourself out of pocket. Moving to a new city with a new job should be a step up, an exciting career move and a great new chapter, not a stressful experience that leaves you crying in a corner wondering how you’re going to make rent.
FALL IN LOVE
Give yourself time to get to know your new city and fall in love properly with it. If you can take time before the move, spend some weekends in your new city, perhaps in a different area each time. Explore what it has to offer before moving there and getting stressed about furniture and a new job.
It sounds stressful, and it can give even the best of us heart palpitations at the sheer volume of things to be done, but it doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle. Make sure your employer and recruiters are helping you in every way they can, that’s what they’re there for. Ask and you will receive. No seriously, if you do have any questions just ask us, we’ll do everything we can to help.]]>