The idea of moving house for a job can be very different from the reality of actually relocating. In theory, it can be an adventure and a fresh start in a new city. In reality, it can be daunting and often requires extensive planning. According to a Global Moving Trends Report, 35% of global migrants move because of work, with either a current or a new employer. 1
It is a decision that is largely dependent on a candidate’s current situation. For example, someone who is relatively early in their career with few commitments will be better placed to relocate than someone who has a young family and other ties with a particular location.
Relocating for a new job is a huge decision for anyone. While some would not think twice about accepting the role, others may struggle with such a change. Whatever your situation, it is a decision that needs careful thought and consideration. An effective starting point is to list the pros and cons, objectives, timeline, budget, and the overall impact of a move.
If you weigh up your options and are keen to make the move, here is what you need to do next…
Plan a Location Visit (or three)
You need to be absolutely certain that your new location is the right place for you and your family to settle. The best way to do this is by planning a number of reconnaissance trips. Two or three visits should be enough to get a feel for the area and even find a place to live if need be. Even if you don’t manage the latter, discovering local attractions, visiting potential schools, or finding a great new restaurant will all help you and your family feel more comfortable with the move.
Consider the Cost of Living
An increase in salary is often one of the key deciding factors when it comes to relocating for work. However, if you pair a pay rise with an increased cost of living, you may find that you don’t feel the financial benefit as much as you had hoped. There are a number of online cost-of-living calculators that can help you determine whether you could maintain your current standard of living in another city, state, or country. The main expenditures you need to consider are housing, transport, food, and overall lifestyle.
Ask About Temporary Housing
Be sure to find out if your first month’s rent is offered as part of the relocation package. Finding a home to buy or rent can be stressful enough without the added pressure of starting a new job. If you have children, it gives you time to find the right school before deciding on a particular area. The duration of temporary accommodation will vary depending on the company’s offer, but even a short period of time will allow you to settle in to your new home.
Speak with Former Relocators
You are not the first person to relocate – and you won’t be the last. Ask friends, colleagues, and other people in your network if they have relocated in the past. Do not be afraid to take your search online; you are bound to find someone who can offer some firsthand advice. Ideally, you want to find someone who works for the company that has made the same move you are planning. If you do, he or she could be your most valuable asset. The company will be keen to paint a perfect picture, but someone who has lived through the experience might have a slightly different story to tell.
Assess Your New Commute to Work
The daily commute is a significant part of the working day. Find out how other people commute in the area. Is public transport an option or will you have to drive? If your current location has an efficient public transport system, dealing with delayed and overcrowded trains may come as a shock. Equally, if your current commute is a breezy 15-minute bike ride, you may not want to switch to a 45-minute drive with heavy traffic. Take time to think about how you will get to work and how this will affect your lifestyle in your new home.
Answer Key Questions
You want to be sure that the move is right for you – and that your decision is based on more than the promise of a pay rise. According to Forbes, there are some key questions you need to ask yourself:2
Am I going to love my new job?
Where will I live?
Who will pay my relocation expenses?
What is the cost of living? Can I afford to live there and still save money?
Will this job allow me to learn and advance my career?
Are the company and the city good cultural matches for my family?
What are the benefits? Do they outweigh the drawbacks?
What does the new city have to offer other than work?
Relocating for a new job is never going to be simple. There is a lot to think about, but if you take time to explore all possibilities you will come to the right decision. Vigorous planning will also make the process easier and help you settle in faster.
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