The interviews are over, the negotiations are finished and the contracts have been signed; you’ve officially landed yourself a job… in a brand new town.
The world has gotten smaller, and for many new graduates, finding the right career opportunity often means leaving friends and family behind and embarking on a journey to an unfamiliar place. While this can be exciting, it also means you have to say goodbye to the life you’ve become accustomed to.
Relocating is a process just like everything else. The more prepared you are, the better. TalentEgg has put together a list of tips to keep in mind when making the big move for a new job.
Organize, organize, organize
The most important thing to keep in mind: stay on top of everything. Moving across the country, or even a few hours away to a nearby city, can be an arduous process with many strands to keep in mind.
Have a to-do list for where you’re currently located, and a to-do list for where you’ll eventually end up. Packing is an important component of staying organized. Be specific when labeling boxes – unpacking boxes that just say “stuff” is never helpful, and can get quite annoying.
Also don’t be afraid to downsize your belongings. Your clothing is a good place to start – set aside the pieces that you don’t wear, and give them to Goodwill or another local charity donation centre. Having fewer items will definitely make it easier on you on the big day.
Be conscious of your options
There are many companies that will offer support for an employee that is relocating for work. They may offer to subsidize transportation costs, or even help with the purchase and sale of your home.
If none of these options are offered up front, they should be negotiated during the hiring process. Costs and services for relocating are a part of the “total compensation package” conversation that should happen during the final stages of your hiring process.
When negotiating relocation compensation, do your homework. It’s critical to have an estimation of how much everything will cost. Having prepared quotes from professional movers and costs of temporary housing and storage let your employer know you’re serious about the process, and in turn, the job. The company is more likely to agree to compensation if they believe you know what you’re talking about.
Know your new environment
You won’t always have the time to visit your new city or neighborhood before moving, but if you do, take advantage of it. Visiting various parts of the city will help you get a feel for where you’d like to settle down. Want to live right downtown? Investigate the prices of apartments in the area. If you’re looking for a white picket fence with a backyard, you may choose to look into areas on the outskirts of the city.
Knowing the relative living cost of where you’ll be moving is crucial as well. Be sure to take your new salary into account, and budget for the cost of living in your new environment. Getting your bearings is always a good idea as well. Figuring out where the closest grocery store is and where local restaurants are all important factors to take into account.
Get a hobby
Relocating on your own is a chance to start fresh – and being new in town is a chance for you to start a new circle of friends. But you won’t make any by sitting on your couch.
Take an art or fitness class, or try something new that you’ve always had your heart set on. Not only is this is a good way to learn more about yourself, it’s a great way to meet new people. The more you explore your settings, the sooner your new environment will feel like home.