Recently our team covered how to let employers know that you’re willing to relocate for a position. Now I’d like to delve into the scary part: actually relocating. Even moving to a familiar or exciting place may prove to be a daunting task- not to mention juggling the move with the new job and responsibilities. As a vet of job relocation I’ll share with you some tips of the trade from myself and my friends.
First, find a place to live. It may seem like common knowledge, but having a home anywhere is essential to ingraining yourself in a new environment. It will also make settling in to work easier. The topsy-turvy nature of a new job, coupled with living out of a car and lacking the structure of your home will add unnecessary stress to your adjustment. If you have a couple months before you move your options will open up, but even if you don’t there are plenty of great and affordable living options everywhere. The best way to find a place to live is by reference. Ask new coworkers if you’re unfamiliar with the area. They will serve as a great resource and it may help to build the bond or friendship between you. Craigslist is another option to finding a place to sublease if you’re hesitant about making the commitment of a full lease.
After you have found a place to live, become a part of the culture. Whether that’s at the office, the city or both, you’ll want to find a social life in your new home, and the best way to do that is to ask. Ask to grab lunch, ask what the best bars are, etc. Ask and go. It doesn’t do you much good if you ask where everyone is going to lunch and then bring a lunch every day. Trust me, I’ve done it.
While you have left your old location, be sure to stay in touch with the friends you left behind. Keeping connections in your previous location will make the transition less shocking. Don’t spend all your time Skyping with friends in other locales, but there’s no shame in feeling a little homesick, and keeping in touch will help you stay happy.
Finally, stay positive. Find something that makes you happy be it dinner, decorating, sports, hiking, etc. and do it in your new hometown. Finding a release helps to alleviate stress leaving you happier at work. Plus it may be a great opportunity to meet new people. Join a club, volunteer- get out there.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to carve out your new life as quickly as possible. Don’t let things fester. Get settled and explore.
Did you recently relocate for a new job? Was it easy to transition to your new location? What did you do make it easier? Let us know in the comments section below.
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