What You Need to Know Before Relocating for Work

January 16th, 2018

Looking for physical therapy jobs in a new area? The excitement of packing your bags and heading to a new city can be exhilarating and stressful all at the same time. What neighborhood should you live in? What’s public transportation/traffic like? What’s the cost of living, etc.? There are a lot of things that you’ll need to consider before you make the big move.

Below are five things you need to know in order to help your job relocation run as smoothly as possible.

1. Ask about relocation assistance

After accepting your job offer, be sure to talk with your employer and ask if they have financial relocation assistance. Depending on the organization, you may get a specific budget or reimbursement amount for relocating. It may be an awkward topic to bring up, but it doesn’t hurt to ask or negotiate. If it’s something they don’t offer, thank them and end that part of the conversation.

2. Research

Next, you’ll want to do ample research on the city you’re relocating to. Reach out to local friends to gain their advice of where to live, good neighborhoods, and their knowledge of the city. If you don’t know anyone, a quick google search can answer a lot of questions. Research the cost of living, map out your daily commute, etc. If you have the time, try taking a trip to become more familiar with the city before making the big move. The more comfortable you are with the city, the better transition you’ll have with your new job.

In addition, this research should also apply to the new company you’ll be working with. Is there growth within your position? What are your fellow coworkers like? What is company culture like? Are your employee benefits competitive? Websites, from LinkedIn to Glassdoor and other blogs can help you know more about your new company and what to expect. Knowing the company’s track recorded will help you see how you fit into the big picture.

3. Create a budget

Before you relocate, you’ll need to know if you can afford to live in the new city, and creating a simple budget can help you factor in costs. Whether you’re taking on an entry level or director type of job, it’s important that you create a new budget that includes the new cost of living with daily and monthly expenses.

You’ll also need to budget your moving costs, whether you have company relocation money or not. Moving costs can add up quickly, and include: buying boxes, packing boxes, internet costs, gas (if you’re driving), meals on the road, accommodations and necessities you’ll need for your new home (toiletries, groceries, light bulbs, cleaning supplies, etc.).

4. Don’t make long-term commitments if you’re unsure

Moving to a new city and culture can be stressful and intimidating. If you’re unsure how you’ll settle into a new job that’s far away from your friends and family, renting or signing a short term lease might be a better option than buying. Don’t feel like you have to make any long-term commitments, just in case you’re unhappy with the job three months in and want to move again.

5. Go with your instincts

Your instincts tend to be accurate and are something to check as you make this big decision. Before making your final decision, make a pro and con list about relocating. Spend a couple of hours writing positive and negative points to moving. Reread your list multiple times and see what your gut is saying. If you feel like it’s the right move, go for it!

At the end of the day, the decision to relocate for work is up to you. Ted Stimpson, CEO of MyMove.com explains, “As with any move, relocating for a job can be a complicated and stressful process. But the good news is that you’ve been recognized as a valuable asset to your new company or office, and employers are typically more than willing to help make your transition a smooth one. And if things start to get stressful, remember that the reason for your move is a positive and exciting one.”

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