Imagine if you will a situation in which you snag the perfect job, put in 110 percent of your effort, and have the chance to move up to an even better position. Sounds amazing, right?
Well, this happens to hard workers quite often, but these promotions have a way of creating a requirement for sacrifice. With these sacrifices, job relocation is sometimes a factor.
And even though this promotion may be everything you’ve ever wanted, there is no denying that the idea of job relocation is incredibly daunting. So, how do you prepare yourself for such a drastic change?
Do your research
First and foremost, you must do your research. There are so many components to moving, including: finding a place to live, renting a truck or hiring movers, learning about your new area, etc.
Do some internet research of the different neighborhoods within your area and different options of transportation, entertainment, and general surroundings. It may be helpful to reach out to your soon-to-be coworkers to get some intel from them.
Build your network
This leads me to my next point: it is important to begin building your new social network. Moving to a new place where you, theoretically, don’t know anyone can be frightening.
By reaching out to coworkers, you have a good jumping off point of people to turn to in search of work and play advice. You never know, you may make a great friend this way.
But, don’t forget your old connections
It is just as important to utilize your pre-existing networks. This includes friends or family that you may have in the area, as well as professional or LinkedIn connections that may be in the area.
We all know how imperative it is to never burn a bridge, so use whatever resources you have available. Knowing friendly faces, while staying in touch with far away faces, are extremely helpful in the transition process.
Check in with yourself
Finally, and arguably most important, don’t forget to check in with yourself. Make sure you really weigh the pros and cons of a job relocation to make sure that this is something good for you.
Uprooting your entire life is not something to take lightly. So, make sure that you have all of your information in order to make the best possible decision.