Movin’ On Up?

             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

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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.

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New to the Area?

         Moving to a new city is exciting! After all, you are starting from scratch with a new place to live and work. A new city brings sights to see, and of course, new people to meet! A new city opens up a diverse mix of people and cultures, including locals who have vastly different perspectives and experiences to yours, and will enrich and widen your outlook on life.

Navigating in Greenville can be especially challenging to someone like me, who is from the Midwest. That area of the country was planned by creating homesteads. So for the most part, everything is on a grid system; most roads are north/south or east/west. It took me a while to realize that in Greenville I couldn’t just turn on a road and expect that it was going to head in a certain direction! I also had to really think while I was traveling on I-85. I knew I wanted to go east or west, but the signs only say north or south!

How do you navigate when you are new to an area? How do you go about finding a doctor and other professionals? I found the best resource for most things was to reach out to my co-workers, most whom have lived in this area for the majority of their lives. Another great source for information has been our children’s school teachers some of whom are also new to this area and understand the struggle.

An additional resource is to volunteer at charities that are meaningful to you. The more you put yourself in places that fit your interests and lifestyle, the easier it will be to find people with whom you have things in common. Also, the more involved you are in the community in which you’re building a life, the easier it will be to feel at home.

I have also found that keeping in touch with friends from my previous “life” has helped a lot. It is so much easier to do in our constant communication world!  There is no better feeling than setting a goal for yourself and working each day to achieve it. Learning your way around a new city (not just physically) is a reward as you continue to see the progress that you are making!

Written by: Carol Tribby

Carol_Tribby_3177Carol Tribby joined the Godshall team in 2013 as the Director of Business Development. She was born in Wisconsin.  She lived there and in Iowa growing up. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She lived in that area until she relocated to Greenville, SC in 2013. She and her husband have 6 year old twins and love to camp and hike in their spare time.