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There could be many good reasons to move to a different city or state. Maybe you want to stay close to your family. Perhaps you have to move because you’re looking for better professional opportunities in a new city. Or, maybe you are fed up with where you are and just want a change in scenery.
That’s all great…except you haven’t landed a job in the destination city. And without a job, it will be difficult if not impossible to secure an apartment and pay bills. Below are some of the best strategies for making moves before you’ve landed a job in your new city.
Regardless of where you’re moving, become familiar with the opportunities your new city has to offer. Who are the biggest employers in the city? Which neighborhoods are the most affordable? What are some of the obstacles residents of the city face?
You’ll also want to find out the cost of living and the annual tax rates. The more you research, the more equipped you will be to establish yourself and get settled.
Once you arrive in the new city, it’s time to explore! Take the time to network, which will help provide job leads. Doing volunteer work is also a great way to meet new people in order to find job leads. Additionally, look for opportunities to attend industry events, local job fairs, and other social networking events.
Reach out to friends and acquaintances or look up people in your alumni network to see if they know of anyone who’s hiring. You never know who can give you a job or who can help you find one.
If you plan on staying with a friend or family member until you can find your own place, be sure to pack smart. Separate your possessions into important different categories, and consider what can be given away or sold. If you find that you have more items than you’ll be able to keep at the house where you’re staying, look into renting a storage unit temporarily.
Don’t wait until the week before you’re scheduled to move to reach out and touch old friends and family. Start refreshing your contacts as soon as you decide to relocate to increase the likelihood that you’ll have help when your moving day arrives.
If you’re feeling especially social, reach out to people on social media who live in the area to which you are moving. You can easily search for people from that city and send them a friend request. You may learn about the city from them and, who knows, someone might point you towards a great job lead!
Before you make a move, establish a budget. The last thing you want to do is run out of money before you’ve had a chance to get established in your new city. Keep in mind that most apartments require some deposit or fee prior to you moving in; make sure that you factor that amount into your budget.
Make sure you have documents like job reference letters, tax returns, and resumes are updated and easily accessible when you’re in the process of moving. You wouldn’t want them to get lost in the shuffle and be out of reach when you need them most. Consider uploading them to a secured network site as an extra safeguard.
If you have moved to a new city but haven’t found a job yet, don’t sit idly by waiting for things to happen on their own. Work swiftly to establish a source of income so you can find a place and start living your life to the fullest.