Your decision to accept a new job in another city, either as part of a promotion or a new employment, comes with many challenges including the stress of relocation. The complexities of relocation are borne of the fact that you have to find a new place to call home, make new friends for your support system, and get acquainted with your new environment, as well as master your new job – all at the same time!
Fortunately, you can overcome these challenges with the proper planning and, thus, ensure your successful relocation and transition into your new job. Here’s how you can do it.
You will find to-do lists for every step of your relocation valuable tools, whether these lists are in pen-and-paper form or in digital form (i.e., calendar and organizer in your smartphone). You can check off the items on your checklist as you finish with each one and make the necessary changes. This also applies to packing your belongings, loading them into the trailer hired from U-Haul, and unpacking them in your new home.
Maximize Relocation Packages
Your first step in this regard is to know the relocation services, if any, offered by the company and taking advantage of them for your own benefit. You should take time to learn about your options instead of grabbing the first package offered since you may be missing out on a more cost-efficient and results-effective package. For example, your company may offer assistance in finding the best car rental companies for transporting your things and for transportation in the new city, selling your old home and buying a new home, and even assistance for job and school placements for your immediate family members.
Even when your employer has little to no relocation services in place, you may ask for it. But you have to be prepared with the necessary information to support your cause, such as quotes from rental companies and professional movers.
You may also ask the Internal Revenue Service about your moving expenses being tax-deductible. Your financial burden will definitely be lesser for this reason.
Gather Information About the New Place
Even before setting foot in the new city, you should be armed with as much information about it. You can perform your research online, such as in Lonely Planet and the city’s tourism website, as well as ask your family and friends. You can start on cost of living, transportation network, and culinary culture, among others.
Plan as soon as you receive news of your relocation for a new job and, thus, avoid cramming your schedule.