If you recently got some news that you've been hired for a new job in a different city or another part of town, you're probably strongly considering the idea of relocating to take advantage of your new job opportunity. However, actually making this happen could require some significant challenges related to planning and carrying out the move in an economical and expeditious manner. After all, you'll probably have a limited amount of time to actually show up to your new job before they bring in another applicant in your absence.
To ensure you don't miss out on the opening, be sure to heed the following seven tips that will simplify the process of relocating for a new job:
1. Utilize Professional Moving Services
Preparing to work for a new employer can be a hectic process because your primary concern will be doing a good job on your first day of work. During this often nerve-racking process, it can be difficult to keep track of all the moving that needs to be done. Plus, if you're really trying to rush through the entire moving process, you could wind up forgetting some things, improperly packing fragile items, dropping your belongings, or even injuring yourself.
A quick online search should point you in the right direction of a reputable company. For instance, if you're in the Toronto area and looking to relocate, you'd find professional moving services like those provided by Philips Moving. They're widely considered to be one of the best moving companies in the region, taking pride in on-time delivery, professional packing, and friendly staff. Simply search your region and look for someone with the key services you need.
2. Examine Housing Options Before Applying for the Job
If your options are relatively wide open in terms of where you're searching for a job, it would be best to look in places where you've already vetted the housing or rental market. You don't want to wind up moving to a location where the cost of living is going to completely negate the additional income you'll be earning at your new job. In an ideal scenario, you'll be able to increase your annual salary while also decreasing your monthly expenses.
3. Keep a Tally of Your Office or Work-Related Items
It's always a good practice to create a comprehensive check list of every item that you own before you start packing things into boxes. You may also want to label your boxes and specify which box the item was put in during the moving process. That way, you'll be able to quickly find specific items. Generally, it's best to keep all work-related items consolidated into a single large box so that you won't have trouble finding any mandatory tools, gear, or equipment. Starting with a list also ensures that you won't lose anything along the way without realizing it.
4. Consider Leaving Some Items Behind and Replacing Them Later On
Taking everything you own with you might seem like the best option because it will keep you from making unnecessary purchases later, but you have to ask yourself whether certain items are really worth the hassle. For example, any worn or undesirable furniture items should be left behind.
5. Pay for An Extra Month at Your Current Residence
You might be wondering why you would ever want to pay for an extra month in rent at your current place when you're getting ready to move? Well, having that additional leeway will let you focus solely on showing up to your new job prepared, as you'll have an entire month plus the grace period to get your belongings out of your current home. In some cases, you may be able to ask the landlord to count your deposit towards the last month rent, that way, you won't have to be out of pocket to buy yourself some extra time.
6. Get Help from Friends and Family
This one is very straightforward: don't shoulder the entire weight of the entire process yourself – have some of your friends and family members help out and you'll be getting some free or low-cost assistance in your move.
7. Use Your Accumulated Reward Points
Finally, one more way you can reduce the financial burden of the move is to spend all of the travel or gas reward points that you have on any of your credit cards. This is a worthwhile technique to keep in mind because you might've otherwise overlooked this idea and wound up overspending on fuel or travel expenses.
Give Yourself Time to Become Acquainted with the Area
Navigating the city streets and dealing with local traffic are two of the most stressful adjustments that you'll encounter after moving to any new area. Thus, it's best to give yourself enough time to explore and get to know the back roads and freeways before your first day of work. That way, if you wind up having to take a detour due to a traffic jam or congestion, you won't be completely dependent on the often faulty or inefficient re-routing provided by your phone's GPS.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist