4 Things You Must Do When Moving for Your Career

Today’s post is written by Classy Career Girl Marketing Assistant, Lor Mancera. Thanks Lor!  

Have you ever thought of moving to a new place to start your career? At some point in your career, you may be faced with a choice of whether or not to relocate to a new city, state or even across the country for your work.

When looking for a job in a new location, usually job seekers look for work sooner than later.  So if you’re planning to make the brave step of moving without a job in line, here is my checklist that you really need to consider:

  1. Research. Moving without a job waiting for you requires additional planning and that means you also need to do your research. Know where you’re going, what the opportunities are there, where  you plan to apply for work, where you plan to stay and find the relevant contacts before you leave. Getting enough knowledge of your new place will definitely play a big role in your success once you get there.
  2. Network. This is one of those times that networking is crucial so you really want to do it in advance. These are not necessarily professional contacts – just someone you can talk to on the phone, meet in a café, learn the names of other contacts and start meeting people that can help you locate job opportunities.
  3. Check Your Budget. Of course, finances are one of the major considerations for any relocation. Know how long your money can last by planning ahead of time how many months you can make it without a paycheck.
  4. Be Ready. Moving to a new place without the assurance of a job is a big risk. In order to get the job you really want, don’t be afraid to fail. Be ready because you will learn through trial and error. You might fail sometimes but you should look at failure as a time to grow, reflect, reinvent and ultimately to push you forward because sometimes failure is just the beginning not the end.

Once you decide that you’re ready and sure to move, here are some things you need to look into:

  • When moving houses you would need to speak to your bank about your home loan. Selecting your new home will be critical so you may need to make temporary arrangements.
  • Make sure you stay involved and connected with the people from “back home”.

Experts say that relocating for your career can be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever face. There’s no doubt about it. Relocating is difficult in many ways, especially for someone who is packing up and leaving a good life behind.

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