Career Corner / Top Three Tips for a Successful Relocation

By Laura Jane Moser

 

Whether you are looking to stay local or move to a new city or state, searching for your next employer and home can be exciting and stressful. People consider relocation for a variety of reasons, such as your current company is moving locations or you found a different opportunity in a new state. It is important to understand what the relocation process looks like, and how to make the best decision for you.

Decide if this move is the right fit for you

When you’re evaluating an opportunity that would require you to relocate, there are many factors to consider. The impact is not only on your professional life but extends to your family, partners, pets and children. You will need to gauge how this relocation would impact your personal relationships and most importantly your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It is important to evaluate all aspects of your life that may change to make the best decision.

Do your research on the company and the geographical location

If you are presented with an offer to relocate, it’s important to do your research both on the company and the location you will be moving to. How do the amenities you have access to now, such as restaurants, parks, shopping or museums compare to the new location? Are there more or less of the amenities that are important to you? Not only do you want to make sure you can thrive socially in this new place, but you also need to be able to afford your basic needs.

Start by researching the cost of living by searching housing options, daily transportation costs, taxes and other important expenses that you will need to factor into your decision. Understanding the overall cost of living is a big part of deciding if this is the right fit for you, as well as negotiating your benefits.

Negotiate your offer to include relocation benefits

Negotiating is an important step in accepting your offer. Some companies will offer additional relocation services to aid in your move. For example, companies may provide temporary housing for a few months or even cover your moving expenses. The research you conduct on the overall cost of living is going to be your number one talking point when you start to negotiate.

There are many resources on how to best navigate relocation. If you need assistance weighing your options, UToledo Career Services is here to help all Rocket alumni. To schedule an appointment, email CareerServices@utoledo.edu or call 419.530.4341.

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