If you’ve ever had to move for a job, you’ll be aware of just how many miniscule details you need to worry about. Depending on where you’re going, whether you’ll just be moving a few cities over, crossing a state line or two, or going abroad, you’ll need to be as organized as you can be so that it’ll be as stress free as possible.
You might want to find out about any relocation costs before you move. Making a career change while caring for your family is never going to be easy, but knowing (monetarily) what you’ll be facing and being prepared will make things a bit easier. Getting those costs covered can mean a LOT less stress too. It might be tricky and a bit uncomfortable asking whether or not your costs for relocating will be covered, but just remember that the worst thing they can do is say no, and they may even say yes! It never hurts to ask.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a list can be more helpful than you might think. There’s never a better time to make a list than when you’re moving. With your exciting new job on the horizon, this isn’t the best time in the world to try to just remember everything that needs to be done. There are just way too many loose ends to keep in mind for that. You’ll want to conserve that grey matter so that when it comes time to impress your new boss, it’ll be ready. Don’t waste it on trying to remember to change your address with all your magazine subscriptions.
Even for those who aren’t budget-minded, now is the time to create one. The costs associated with moving will add up quicker than you might think and a budget can be your best friend. It’s much better if you have a clear idea of what you’ll be spending before you get into it, as opposed to not giving it more than a passing thought and getting a massive credit card bill next month just when you’re trying to get settled into that new role and new home.
Then, there are things that you shouldn’t ever be late for and your job interview would be one of them. However, obviously, that one’s already in the past. However, your first day of work is another thing never to be late for. Even if your interview was in person, and you know where you’re going, you’ll only be helping yourself if you do a dry run by leaving your home and finding your way to the office before the big day before it happens. Find the best route for driving, or if you’ll be taking public transportation, find the quickest and easiest way. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the other essentials you’ll need – such as a grocery store, laundromat, or dry cleaner.
One thing you’ll need to do is to get to know your new neighborhood and neighbors. Sadly, even in 2021, depending on where you go, you might experience discrimination and prejudice. However, at least one tech company is trying to do something about this. Nextdoor started out as an app to bring social networking to the hyperlocal space. It’s like social media for your immediate neighborhood, and you can use it to discuss important issues as well as buy and sell stuff. But now this company is working to help advocate social change and equality. Through Nextdoor’s racism prevention efforts, neighbors are working together to help each other feel welcome.
Yes, there’s a lot involved when you relocate for a job. It isn’t just because you want to nail your new job without having to worry about getting settled in too. Just remember that the more organized you are, the more smoothly it will go. Try not to stress too much, everything will work out.