Relocation to a new city can be both and exhilarating and an anxiety-ridden experience. On the one hand, there is the opportunity to create a new life, with a new house, new friends, and a new career. On the other hand, one is leaving one’s old life with its measure of stability and and security and entering the unknown.
The circumstances of the move oftern determine how newcomers will approach finding employment in their new community. Boomers are relocating to take care of frail parents, They may be jettisoning thoughts of work altogether in order to devote their time to caregiving and medical case management. While casting themselves in those roles, they may choose to live off their investments.
Couples may be relocating because one or the other has received a job offer they can’t refuse. (Yes, this does happen, even in the current economy!) However, in an age where two-income families have become the norm, this leaves the partner without a job the challenge of finding work at a time where widespread downsizing is the reality.
Here are some tips for easing the transition of relocating from one area to another.
- Consult with your financial advisor before you move to create a financial plan to put in place in your new environment.
- Determine how long you can live without a job or with only one job guaranteed.
- If you need to work after your relocate, research your new destination for the services of a certified career consultant or coach. Ask for references and a free consultation to determine whether the consultant is the right fit for you.
- Develop a specific picture of the type of career, job, company or organization you are seeking.
- Register with area staffing agencies, recruiting firms and job placement organizaitons that fit the job niche and employer described in your career plan.
- Consider joining a Chamber of Commerce, professional associations, or employment support groups where you can meet and cultivate relationships with people who could open doors for you. Build a network of friends, business professionals, and human resource personnel who can serve as your support and referral team members.
- Network, network, network. Educate your network members as to what resources and opportunities you are looking for. Ask for their help! Follow up on your initial conversations. Look for ways you can help them.
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