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Things to Know When Relocating for Work

When your career takes you to another city, it's hard to balance your professional life while dealing with the personal challenges of moving. Here are some tips!
Austin Winder Jun 29, 2019
Being asked to relocate for work can be flattering, but it’s also a stressful process. It takes up a massive amount of time and energy, requiring a lot of planning on the front end and continued effort to acclimate yourself once you’re settled.
A study by Allied Van Lines found that most people relocating for a job have to move quickly. 41.5% of job relocators have to get settled in their new area within 30 days.

When faced with such overwhelming lifestyle change, it can also be difficult to consider all the factors. Here are a few most notable tips for relocating.

1. Job-Market Considerations

Research the city where you need to relocate. Look at the industries and growing careers in that area. If the relocation doesn't work out after several years, you should have a backup plan for another position in the same city. It's always good to have options if a job doesn't plan out.

2. Putting on the Brakes

There's no need to quickly buy and move into a home during relocation. The employer should offer temporary housing, like a residential hotel or paid apartment. Explore the community when you are there.

You can decide on permanent housing once you know the area and are sure you fit in.

3. Lifestyle Changes

Relocating isn't just about the job. Think about the quality of life after work. Be aware of community quality, crime statistics and links to family.

Some people thrive in new locations, whereas some like to be close to loved ones. Consider all points as your lifestyle should be relatively equivalent in both locations.

4. Cost-of-Living Queries

A detail that can be discussed with your employer is cost of living. Living in a rural town in Nebraska is incredibly inexpensive compared to Downtown Manhattan, for example.
Compare the cost-of-living numbers before you agree to the move, and be sure to also inquire if your company can pitch in on some of the expenses. If there's a huge difference, negotiate a bonus or pay raise. You shouldn't struggle on a relocation.

5. Local-Culture Matches

Every community has its own culture. Some towns are laid back and friendly, but big cities might have a frenzied pace. Discuss your needs with your family. Ideally, visit the region before accepting the relocation job. You may love or hate the area from the moment that you touch down.

6. Getting the Most Out of the Move

Don't forget that the move's financial costs shouldn't be yours alone. Your company is requesting this move. They should have relocation benefits ready to pay for the transition. Discuss these details with the employer.
Money might be a touchy subject, but in this case, you're actually doing the employer a favor. In most cases, you're saving the company money by moving to a different location.

7. Think of Your Personal Goals

Always put yourself first when it comes to a big move. If you intend to leave the company in the next few years, moving may not be a good idea. Accepting the move doesn't mean you've made a lifelong decision. Stay connected with colleagues for easy job changes in the future.
Don't hesitate to voice your opinion if relocating isn't working for you or the family. You ultimately must live with the career decision. Consider the pros and cons to the move as you improve your career prospects. Everyone's path will be a distinct one, defining their lifestyle.