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Tips for a Job Relocation

You're close to landing a job in a new city. That's exciting. Relocating for a job, however, is stressful. So here are some tips to make the relocation go more smoothly.

Negotiate for a Relocation Package

When an employer asks you to relocate for a job, they typically offer you a relocation package. If they don't, ask for one as part of the compensation negotiations. If the answer is "No," then the job is still yours; if it is "yes," then you've saved yourself some money.

Do some research ahead of time to determine how much moving to the new city will cost. Consider how many trips you may need to make to the new city to find appropriate housing, the costs involved in selling your home or breaking your lease, moving expenses, and job search expenses your spouse might incur. Be sure to ask for what you need financially and emotionally to help you and your family adjust.

Explore Your New Home

As soon as you know you may be moving, do some research into neighborhoods near your job. If possible, make several trips to the new city with your family to explore. You might also want to consider renting first to be sure you'll like the neighborhood before buying a home there.

Build a Network in Your New City

Find professionals, colleagues, and alums of your college who can guide you in the new community. For example, when choosing a real estate agent, choose one who can provide information about amenities in the community that are important to you, such as child care, gyms, places of worship, and shopping.

Move Before Your Start Date

If possible, move before your start date so that you be settled in your new home before you begin the job. If this isn't possible, set aside those items you'll need in the first few days. These items would include toiletries, enough dishes, pans to prepare meals, clothes, your children's favorite toys or music, and pet needs.

In some cases, an employer may want you to start more quickly than you can sell a home or find a new one. In that case, you'll need to find temporary housing. Often employers will reimburse all or a portion of the cost of the temporary housing.

Make A Job Plan

Your first 90 days on the job are critical to your success. Develop a plan for what you'd like to accomplish in the first 30, first 60, and then the first 90 days. Share it with your manager to be sure you both share the same priorities.

Make New Friends

Although you may be tempted to work all the time, find some time to pursue hobbies and interests and make new friends. If you like playing a particular sport, check with your town or city to see whether it offers recreational leagues. If you're an avid reader, join a book club. Even if you're exhausted from your move, say "yes" to invitations.

Your Next Move

Contact us for more information. We can provide you with a free quote today. We can get you and your family to your new city quickly and efficiently.