As a job seeker, once you and your family have made the decision to relocate, there is a lot to consider. The key is that you can’t begin to start preparing too soon. If you are a veteran of relocating, you likely already know about the items below and can probably add a few more.
First of all, be sure your family is totally on board and that all family considerations have been thought out such as ageing parents, paying for out of state tuition for your kids if they are staying behind and waiting for the school year to end. Another thing to consider before relocating is if you will be forfeiting a significant performance bonus if you leave before a certain date. These are a few items that seem to come up often.
Determine where you wish to relocate–the more specific the better. Try to rank the locations by preference and make sure you know as much as possible about their employment climate and possible needs for your skill set. Be sure you have considered the opportunities for your significant other and if they are planning to start a new position as well. If you are working with a recruiter, all of these details need to be shared on the front end so there will not be too many surprises on the back end.
If you have a home to sell, begin all repairs and upgrades as soon as possible. Involve a realtor for suggestions on pricing, likely time frame to sell the home and important improvements, upgrades and staging of your home to help bring top dollar.
If you have selected a specific location, begin doing your due diligence in researching the housing, neighborhoods, the school systems, cost of living, salary comparisons and the commuting distance to your new job location.
Finally, many companies are now providing a lump sum relocation package vs. traditional relocation packages such as getting involved in providing the mover, buying homes and paying realtor fees/commissions. If you are downsizing or planning to live in an apartment initially, consider the cost of temporary storage of your other belongings.
Moves rarely are fun, but you can eliminate many of the headaches and make it a smoother and less painful transition. Good luck with your new home and employer!
Written by: Richard Heard
Richard Heard has been a technical recruiter with Godshall since 1991. He specializes in manufacturing management, engineering and technical placements. Richard is ASA certified as a Technical Services Professional and a Certified Staffing Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from the University of South Carolina. In his free time, Richard loves spending his time with his wonderful children, new granddaughter and family. He is an avid fisherman with an emphasis on freshwater trout and redfish.