Tips For A Successful Job Relocation


Tips For A Successful Job Relocation

Although relocating for a new job can be a very exciting time filled with a promise, it also tends to involve a lot of stress. Unfortunately adapting to your new city and home can be a bit grueling, even when your new job is the one you’ve always wanted.

However, if you’re relocating because you were offered a job that is very attractive to you, the last thing you want is to have what’s supposed to be a wonderful time in your life ruined by the stresses of relocating. Luckily, whatever the reason for your choice to relocate, there are many things you can do to make it a little easier.

Jerry Cane, an actuary who recently relocated from New York City to Nashville, shared his journey and tells more about how he made the job relocation easier for himself and his family.

Ask Your New Employer About Relocation Assistance

After accepting a higher paying, less demanding job from an insurance company, Jerry – who often had to work very late – was forced to find a way to make the move possible in the least amount of time he could spend.

“Exploring options like making use of a company to help me with the move seemed really attractive,” he noted, “one thing that really helped was when I asked my new employer about relocation assistance, they helped me by paying some of the expenses I had for temporary housing that I had to pay for because I moved before the rest of my family so that I could start work in Nashville on the date my employer expected me to. They also helped with traveling expenses for myself and my family. All of that really helped because our living expenses in New York were quite high, we lived in a reasonably up-class neighborhood so just the rent a huge expense then. We were excited about moving to Nashville because we believed it would be a great place to raise the children.”

A take away from this is that if you don’t know whether or not your new employer will offer relocation assistance, it might be worthwhile to find out.

You might still be able to negotiate for some relocation assistance with your employer if you have a proper budget drawn up listing all your expenses. Even if your new employer isn’t willing to pay for everything, they might be able to take at least a little of the financial burden of a job relocation.

Organize Your Belongings Properly

“Our kids have way too many toys!”, laughed Jerry “If we didn’t put a great deal of effort into being well organized, we might very well have ended up opening a bunch of boxes filled with toys first after settling in at our new home.”

To make moving a bit easier, you’ll have to develop a proper system to sort all the things you pack. One way of doing this could be by numbering boxes and keeping a list for the contents of each box, or by color coding boxes according to the type things in them.

Relocating is already stressful enough as it is, having to search for basic things such as towels once you reach your new home should be avoided at all costs.

Another thing you could do is to get rid of any unnecessary things you know you won’t be using any more. There’s simply no use in packing and moving junk with you. “We got rid of a lot of things while we were packing,” Jerry mentioned while talking about the packing process, “our children had grown out of some of their cloths so we didn’t even bother to take it with us.”

Ship Your Car Instead Of Driving

“My car is pretty new and it’s precious to me, so I didn’t want to add to many miles on my car’s odometer.”, Jerry noted while discussing his job relocation “I also preferred flying to Nashville over driving because it seemed like a safer option for my wife and kids who were only able to join me later.”

If you find yourself in a similar situation where you have to make a big move, then shipping your car with a dependable auto transport company might be a better option for you as well. To find a good company to help you with auto transport, search the internet and ask for quotes from companies that seem trustworthy.

Note that the cheapest option probably won’t be the best and ask any potential candidate whether or not they provide insurance. While your car won’t be harmed in the absolute majority of cases, it’s always better to make use of a service that will accept the expense for damages should there be any.

By doing thorough research and by making use of the options available to them, Jerry and his family were able to make relocating as stress free as possible. “Our children are adapting well in their new schools and I was able to settle in at my new job within the first two weeks. My wife has also taken a new job in Nashville at a local interior design firm so things are going pretty smoothly” Jerry added about the job relocation.

To make your own job relocation as painless as Jerry’s, you’ll have to have a solid plan in place. Whenever possible, you should start planning the move more than a month in advance. But even if you had significantly less time to plan, a good system for organizing everything will still help a lot.

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