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Your Guide To Relocating For A New Job

Published: Monday 14th October 2019

Thinking about relocating for a new job?

Maybe you’re stuck in a rut and in dire need of a physical change? Or you are up for taking on a brand-new job adventure? Sometimes the perfect job isn’t down the street, but rather hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Regardless, if something new is what you are after, then relocation may be for you.

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Taking on a new job is an exciting challenge for sure, however, adding a move to the mix may get overwhelming. The benefits to moving can seem obvious, whilst the hurdles along the way not so. There are often multiple reasons for job relocation, ones that can bring about big changes in terms of finances, social life, and habits. Depending on how far you’re going, being as organised as possible will help you keep your sanity along with your new role!

So, here’s your comprehensive survival guide for a stress-free relocation…

First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that moving for work is a different game than simply moving. That’s because the timeline involved in taking a job in a new place is a lot shorter than when you decide on a change of scenery and then focus on getting a new role.

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Ask about relocation costs

Asking about relocation costs can be tricky. A lot of people may be unwilling to ask about financial relocation assistance as they don’t want to seem greedy or demanding. However, when jumping on such a life-changing decision, it’s only rational to have an answer to these questions in order to plan ahead. What the company is willing to offer will depend on the size of the organisation, and although they don’t have to provide any compensation, they may assist with things like moving costs, legal fees or temporary accommodation.

Create a budget

Even if you’re not a budget person, creating a budget upfront in this case is essential. Having a clear sense of what you’re going to end up spending instead of thinking about it later on will certainly spare you the extra stress. It might even save you from getting an insane credit card bill just as you’ve settled at your new job in an unfamiliar city. So, coming up with a realistic number of your monthly costs will give you a better idea on prioritising what you can afford spending your money on.

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Research your new home

As soon as you know you’ll be moving, it’d be good to start looking for your new home within commuting distance of your new employer. Online sites set a great way to explore your options and compare prices. A good idea would also be to research housing expenses and the cost of living in in advance, before committing to any leases or contracts. It’s important to remember that, if the living standard is significantly more expensive than the one you’re coming from, you may find yourself further behind financially. In addition, make sure to research and compare, which neighbourhoods and areas are safe and reputable.

Research the transportation system and links

When moving from a rural area to a big city, forgoing the car and learning a new public transportation system might be the best way to go. Conversely, if you are moving to the countryside, you may want to consider purchasing a vehicle as well as the cost of gas and maintenance. Regardless, GPS will be your best friend when getting familiar with a new city!

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Build a network in your new location

Finally, finding some personal or professional contacts in the area before you arrive will make the transition to a new place easier. It may worth reaching out to contacts you already interact with professionally on your social media platforms. However, if it’s a completely new start, you may have to do a little digging into alumni or social platform groups. Even online apps might be a good alternative to consider – after all it is a new beginning!

Whether you have three months to get everything squared away or only a few weeks, organisation and prioritising when moving is the key to a smooth transition. If you are still on the lookout for your perfect position and after a fresh start, then head to Zoek and start exploring new job opportunities today! Life’s too short to hate your job after all – you’ve got to make every day count!

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