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.
"Who are you meeting for lunch this week?"
Without fail, my former boss would ask me this question in every weekly status we had. And I dreaded the question. Because my answer was generally a stammering "Umm… No One." Occasionally I could remember what I actually had for lunch. And almost always it was sitting in my windowless cube eating a soggy sad sandwich.
I didn't understand why "who I had lunch with this week" was worthy of being a topic on our weekly status. After all, I was only 6 months into this new job. I was still figuring out how to pull data from Nielsen. I was still figuring out how to write an innovation brief. I was still trying to figure out where the bathrooms were in this maze of a building.
And despite knowing this question would come up in every weekly status, I was reluctant to change my behavior. I didn't see the value in the question. I didn't see the importance of it in my career. I didn't understand why I had to have lunch with anyone.
Because I hated the idea of having to network, to meet people, to put myself out there. Because networking was something slimy and strange and weird and scary. It made my stomach hurt, my throat go dry. And I could feel a faint headache coming on.
Even Oxford's definition of networking only reaffirmed my fears of what networking looked like: the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.
Because please don't ask me to walk into a room where I don't know anyone. And stand in the corner sipping a bad glass of Chardonnay. Please don't ask me to slide my business card out and not so subtly shove it in your face. And ask you to do something for me. Please don't ask me to network. Because I hate networking.
And I used to hate networking (okay, maybe hate is too strong.) I still really dislike the term. "Networking" seemed about getting something from someone. Or someone getting something from you. A favor, a job, a referral. "Networking" seemed very transactional. And someone shoving a business card at you (which happened to me recently at event) only solidified by feelings.
And over the years, I came to really understand that networking wasn't about "the action or process of interacting with others." It was about building authentic connections. It was about meeting people who were different than you. It was about expanding my community. And creating new communities. It was tapping into more and more communities I could belong to.
And as I slowly started to change my view on networking- I mean building authentic connections- I started to realize my communities were more inclusive than I thought. My best friends from middle school. Former bosses. College Alumni I met after we had graduated. Colleagues from past companies. Vendors and agency partners I had once worked with. Colleagues I had once managed. As my family expanded, my husband, my two sister-in laws and my brother in-law. A whole host of fabulous cousin-in-laws. My baby brother as his career skyrocketed. And fellow parents in my kids' school.
I still hate networking. And I love building connections. And helping to build connections and be a bridge for other people.
Now, when I go to a large event, I try to go with a friend. We have a drink at the bar and then part ways to try and make new friends. If we don't authentically connect with other people, and we have made the effort, we always have each other to back to.
Now, I try to meet one new person a week at my company or in my broader community, or reconnect with someone I miss seeing. (This doesn't always have to be in person, can be text, Zoom or Facetime.) And if you can't commit to doing that, that you should seriously relook at your schedule. I thank my former boss for that constant reminder.
Now, I joined Luminary, a women's collaboration hub in NYC, which has been life changing for me. I am also on the advisory board. It's all about women supporting and lifting each other up- to get more money, get that next big promotion, or start their own venture. It's a built-in community of unwavering support.
Now, I am working on expanding my community of moms. Not too long ago, I worked up the nerve to ask a fellow mom in my daughter's class if she wanted to get together. She thought I meant a playdate. I meant drinks. And after one late night out drinking, I have bonded with a whole new set of badass women.
And all of these communities. I am there for my communities. And they are all there for me. Referral for a job at my company. Coaching on how to survive a bad boss. Advice on how to ask for more money. Supporting each other as we care for aging parents. Candid feedback on why they didn't get that promotion. Commiserating over a cocktail on which working parent had the worst week ever.
So please don't ask me to network. Because I hate it. And well actually I don't have a business card to give you. I haven't printed one in four years.