What You Need to Do When Relocating for Your Career

Relocating offers you a unique opportunity to try something new. Sure, uprooting your life can be scary. But it’s also a great opportunity to start fresh and expand your career.

Moving for any reason can be stressful. Whether you’re moving because of your job, or you just need a fresh start somewhere new and need to find the perfect job after moving, there are some tips to keep in mind when embarking on this new adventure.

Check out these tips to help make relocating a success!

If you’re relocating without a job lined up:

Maybe the job market in your hometown isn’t great for your career, or maybe you just need something new. For those who suddenly get the inspiration to start over completely fresh, this section’s for you!

Here are some tips to help you relocate without a job lined up in your new location.

1. Decide where you want to move

Choosing where to relocate to can be difficult. There are so many options out there, and plenty of factors that’ll impact your ultimate decision. For example, if you have no desire to deal with snow, then you’ll probably look somewhere like Arizona in the Southwest.

If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider relocating to a U.S. News top-ranked best place to live in the U.S. Any of the cities on the list has a strong job market, good value, high quality of life and is overall desirable, making them all strong contenders.

2. Utilize resources to find work

Once you know what your desired location is, you can begin the job search. Even if you wait until after you’ve arrived in the place you’ll now call home, we at TERRA can still help you find a job in no time.

As you’re searching for employment, you should also keep an eye out for and beware of potential job scams. Unfortunately, not all people have your best interest at heart. Because you’re in a new area that you’re not completely familiar with yet, you are more susceptible to these potential scammers.

Only utilize resources that you can say with 100% certainty are legitimate, as the consequences of falling prey to a scam can become a nightmare. Look for resources that are reviewed, well-known and not asking for too much personal information.

3. Get the home buying process started before your move

Buying a home can be a drawn-out process, so it’s best to get everything ready before it’s time to move. Start by understanding what you can afford in your new location and making sure your finances are in order.

Once you have the basics set, you can get preapproved for a mortgage loan and begin looking for a home. House hunting online isn’t the same as doing it in person, but if you want to have a home ready to move into when you arrive, then it’s necessary. If you have a temporary place to stay in your new location, then you have some wiggle room to look at homes in person.

If you’re relocating for your job:

Moving because your job requires you to or because you were given a new opportunity by your employer offers an exciting new chapter in both your life and career. Sure, this is a huge transition either way, but it’s one full of possibilities.

Here are some tips to help you when relocating because of your job.

1. Adjust to the transition back to in-office work

COVID-19 has caused business to completely restructure in some cases. While a majority of people were able to work remotely throughout 2020 and into 2021, many businesses are beginning to reopen their doors to employees. For some, this will mean having to move to a new office in a new city, while also having to face the anxiety of returning to in-person work.

Follow some essential tips to make the transition back to the office easier. If you are in a position of power, or have the ear of someone who is, propose some of these tips for the benefit of all employees as there is sure to be some uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the return.

2. Inquire about relocation packages

Moving for your job is a big deal. You’re essentially uprooting your life for the benefit of your company. When this happens, be sure to inquire about employee relocation packages. These packages will vary depending on what your job offers, but typically they will include some form of compensation to help cover the costs of your move. There might also be some recommendations about moving companies and contacts for you to reach out to in your new location.

If your employer doesn’t have a relocation package, try to negotiate one. Moving is not only time consuming, but it’s also costly. Having some form of aid from your employer will only make the process easier, especially when you’re moving for work.

3. Prepare to deal with change

Relocating means change, and you need to be prepared for it. Not only will you need to adjust to wherever your new location is, but you’ll have a new office to adjust to as well. This is just as big of an adjustment as moving your home and you should look for ways to cope with this workplace change.

Find similarities with your new co-workers and look for ways to bond with them outside of work. Having these friendships can make the transition feel less overwhelming. They can also give you tips for navigating the office, as well as some advice on local places to go and things to do in your new location. Developing these friendships early on can help you feel less alone and more comfortable in your new space.

How TERRA Can Be a Resource

Thinking of relocating and looking for a new job? We can help!

TERRA Staffing Group is a leading staffing agency, headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. We have offices in the Seattle-Puget SoundPortlandPhoenix, and Denver-Metro areas and work with many amazing companies across a variety of industries

We specialize in temp, temp-to-hire, contract, and permanent staffing. To see some of the jobs we offer, check out our current job openings.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Call us today. We’d love to help you find the right fit.

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