What to Consider Before Relocating for a New Job

By  //  May 4, 2022

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The world is a different place than it ever has been. After two years of a global pandemic, life getting back to ‘normal’ has in many ways never looked or felt so different. For many people, relocating for work has been an option that they’ve had to entertain. The economy and job market have both been affected by COVID and for those who are faced with the challenges of relocating to have an income, there is a lot to consider. 

Moving, in general, is a hard thing to process and work through, but when it comes down to relocating for the sake of a career there are some key things to consider.  “Moving a lot makes it difficult for people to maintain long-term close relationships. This might not be a serious problem for outgoing people who can make friends quickly and easily. Less outgoing people have a harder time making new friends,” says Shigehiro Oishi, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. 

However, social aspects aren’t the only things to consider. If you have been wondering how relocating for work could affect you or your family, here is everything you need to consider. 

Who All Will Relocating Affect?

Making the decision to move is one of the most important decisions an individual or family can face. Now, there are certain environments and settings that make this decision easy to understand, but even necessary. However, when there are good options for both staying and going, a lot comes into consideration for which decision is best. 

You always have to make sure that you’re relocating to a city that provides a better opportunity for your career and development. For example, if you’re a personal trainer, it’s a good idea to relocate to Boston and the other top cities for this job as discussed here.

“One of the most important aspects of any experience you enjoy is comfort and satisfaction. Thinking about the experience itself and trying to make sure you are getting the most out of the process is something worth considering,” says Ubaldo Perez, CEO of HUSH. Thinking about who this move will affect and how it will affect them is one of the first things you should take into account. 

Do you have kids? Are you single? Are you dating? What is the condition of your household? These questions aren’t just for those who find themselves in families, but considering everyone in your life, like your close friends, is a big part of considering a relocation. The truth is, while long-distance friendships and relationships can work, distance creates strain. 

One of the positive things to do against this, however, is the fact that modern technology has made staying in touch over a long distance easier and more convenient than ever.

“Creating a tool where people can stay in touch all over the world is one of the reasons we exist. You don’t always get to live next to the people you love, but you should be able to interact with them seamlessly. With high-speed internet, and the best GPN on the network, friends, and family can seem closer than ever,” says Rob Bartlett, CEO of WTFast, which is a company dedicated to creating secure, fast connections for online gamers all over the world. 

What About the Technical Aspects of Moving?

Relocating to a new area can be an exciting, thrilling adventure, but there are some people who may struggle with this kind of change. “The unexpected should always be somewhere on your radar. If you move your business across state lines or relocate to a new area, are you sure you are covered and have a policy that can keep you freed up to pursue your dream and protected in case the unexpected were to occur?” – Matt Miller, Founder, and CEO of Embroker 

Thinking through the technicalities of moving is something that can save you a lot of heartache in the future. Things like insurance policies, licenses and registrations, cost of living, and even the weather really matter. How many other aspects of your life will change as drastically as your relocation is? 

For instance, if you are moving to a place that has a similar socioeconomic climate as your current location, you don’t have to expect to deal with certain changes. But if you move to a place with a noticeably higher cost of living, this could have a negative impact on you if you aren’t ready for it. 

Are You Personally Prepared?

“Taking care of your personal health is one of the most important things you can do. Loving the way you look, feel, and live can’t be properly quantified. If you want to be successful, then you need to be personally ready for that acceptance and live in that success,” says Jae Pak, Founder of Jae Pak MD Medical.

Knowing how you handle change is possibly one of the most important factors to consider when considering relocating for work. Yes, you will have a career, and you will be able to get satisfaction from your career, but what about everything else. Finding new friends, new favorite coffee spots, or hiking trails, how do you do that? 

Some may welcome this challenge, but others may be intimidated by it. That’s why making sure that you are personally ready for it is one of the biggest things you can do. 

“Personal confidence can prepare you for truly anything. Taking the time to better yourself, make sure you are ready, and grow confident in your ability to handle change is a key to success. You deserve to succeed in life, and you deserve to feel confident and do your best.” 

-Amanda E. Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer at HIDE

How is Your Health?

The wear and tear of moving to a new city are very real and very overwhelming. Getting physically and emotionally checked upon is going to play a huge role in the success of your move. Dr. Sasha Hamdani, a board-certified psychiatrist advises, “Know when to pump the brakes: in a society that applauds “the grind” it is important to know your own limitations to prevent burnout.” 

One way to prepare for a big move is to make sure you have some healthy habits in place, like powerful supplements, a good diet, and healthy exercise. “Making sure your body has the right kind of energy and fuel it needs to accomplish challenges is key. You can’t expect to overcome challenges and not give your body the kind of nutrition and fuel it needs to do this,” says Shaun Price, Head of Customer Acquisition for MitoQ. Great health starts with small, daily decisions, and these positive impacts on your health can play a big role in your move. 

Conclusion: Know Your Limitations

“The best way to pave your future is to know your strengths and your weaknesses. Always be willing to ask for help and never be ashamed of the areas you can stand strong,” – Tyler Read, Founder and Senior Editor of Personal Trainer Pioneer

Knowing your limitations is an important part of taking in all your considerations before moving. Where will you need help, where will you be more than fine? All of the considerations mentioned above are important to make sure that you have what it takes to make the best decisions when relocating to a new job. 

This kind of move is a huge life event that can bring you a lot of joy and success, but you have to be ready for the challenges ahead. Relocating to a new area will take a lot of time, hard work, and dedication to start over. No, moving to a new location doesn’t mean you lose everything you leave behind, but it does force you to a new environment where you have to start over in a lot of ways. 

“Being sure you are ready for what life throws at you is half the battle. Simple preparations that are easy to implement can have huge benefits when taken seriously.” – Micheal Hennesy, Founder, and CEO of Diathrive

Remember that above all, life is too short to spend time worrying. If you need help, ask for it, and if you think you can relocate for a new job and make it a beneficial life decision, then don’t hold back!