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Tips for Successfully Relocating for a Job

Posted On04/22/2019

ContributorBrandon Eiges

While there are numerous articles on the web giving advice on how to make the best of job relocation, Nelson’s recruiters have assisted candidates with relocation and worked with clients throughout California and around the nation to make the transition successful for both new employees and the companies they join.

So, with our team’s help, we have compiled some of Nelson’s best tips on relocating for a new job:

Determine If You Are Comfortable with Dramatic Change

First things first: are you comfortable leaving your current location? Many people may be excited about the prospect of a new job, but don’t think through the true impact of leaving their current home.

An article in the Harvard Business Review recommends asking yourself these questions:

  • What’s the opportunity?
  • What’s the longevity [of the job]?
  • What’s the family situation?

While there are certainly more factors that may affect your decision, honestly answering these questions will give you a good start in your decision-making process. If you’re tired of living in your current location or ready for an adventure – and the answers to the above three questions all give you the green light – relocating for a new job could be a good option for you.

Know the Cost of Moving to and Living in Your New City

If, for example, you are moving from a city in the Midwest to the Bay Area (or anywhere in California), then you must factor in the impact of the cost of living. Will you be getting a relocation package and/or pay increase?

Regardless of where you’re coming from or where you are going, you want to really understand and study what you are getting yourself into on the financial front.

Some things you want to consider when moving to and living in a new city are:

  • Where are you going to live?
  • Temporary housing? Buy a home? Rent an apartment/condo? AirBNB? Hotel?
  • Transportation within your new residence?
  • Car? Bus? Ride Share? Walk? Bike?
  • Financial Differences?
  • General Moving Costs?
  • Daily prices of everyday living?

There are a ton of factors to consider that you might not expect. Before you give your enthusiastic “yes” to a new employer, make sure you do your research so you can be as prepared as possible for changes in your financial situation.

Build A Network

If you want to lay the groundwork for a successful transition into a new place, it’s important to build connections in your new city.

Compared to generations before now, finding people in new cities has never been easier. By reaching out to your vast network of connections on LinkedIn and various other social platforms, you can send out a social “Bat Signal” before you even start packing your boxes.

For example:

“Hey network! I am moving to        for work.

Do you know anyone here?

What are the best places to live?

Where are the best places to eat?

Can you recommend a dog sitter for when I’m out and about?”

Some other recommended resources that can be beneficial for making connections when moving to a new area (in addition to your personal social media) are MeetUp, City Socializer, City Data, and Reddit.

Visit the Area

This is the fun part, because you’ll be traveling to your potential new home to see if this new city is right for you.

When looking through your potential new living situation, here are a couple notable tips that Forbes’ William Arruda recommends:

  • A strong community bustling with innovation and inclusive opportunities.
  • An area where the cost of living is in line with salaries.
  • A city where the climate is conducive to good health.
  • A diversity of viewpoints and experiences.

You should also consider the quality of life you want to have: if you are happiest when your commute is short, living in a high traffic area or in a suburb that’s located far from the office may not be a great option. Similarly, if you don’t have a car, finding a walk-able city or somewhere with great public transportation should be a priority.

Make a Backup Plan

While it may not be pleasant to think about, you should consider what will happen if your new job doesn’t work out.

Consider the larger picture: if you were to move, would this new city provide you with enough opportunities to handle your needs and the needs of your family’s?

Would you be able to find another job in a similar role? Do you have the ability go back home?

Having a “BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” plan in your back pocket will make all the difference if another life changing event occurs.

Making a life-changing move to a brand-new city for a job is difficult, but putting the effort into making sure it’s the right decision can be truly rewarding. By following the above tips you can ease the stress of saying “yes” and move with confidence into your new role.