If your career looks to be moving, then perhaps you and your entire family need to move with it? Job offers out of the blue are no different than job offers you’ve been pursuing for months. When they come in, they can change your entire life. Few of us really consider the full effects of accepting a job in a new city. Just how much of your current life can you take with you? And how much do you need to box up and leave behind? Here are just a few of the problems you need to overcome when you accept that new job in a new city:
Breaking The News
This is one of the trickiest things to do. You need to tell your current boss you’re leaving. And you need to break it to the kids that they need to leave their friends behind too. You might be excited and delighted by the fact that you’ve got a better-paid job with a better company. But your boss is going to be put out that all the investment he put in you is now going over to a competitor! And your kids are going to frightened about the prospect of a completely different house, school, and city.
Breaking the news to your boss might be as simple as handing in a letter of resignation. Telling your partner and kids that you’re moving them across the country is something that needs to be carefully crafted. Try to make it a positive proposition. Bigger bedrooms, better local play parks, and the chance to enjoy a good backyard might be winners here. As for your partner? If their job can be done anywhere, then great. If not, then you’re putting them in a position where they need to start job hunting. Is that the push they needed to find something better?
You might have only a month to pack and move. This isn’t much time at all. Chances are you’re going to need to get rid of a lot of unwanted items in a hurry. Garage sales can help here, but you might want to gift it all away for quickness. Working a job you’ve given notice on is also challenging. You find your mind will wander to all the things you need to get done, and your heart won’t be in it. Try to keep your attention on the role. It would be appreciated if you could develop some sort of handover pack for the next incumbent of your role.
Moving – But Where To?
With only a month or so to go, you’re under a lot of pressure to fulfill all those promises of bigger rooms and the perfect neighborhood. It might be easier to start looking for condos for rent with an agency that can help you get the right one first time. You don’t have time to complete a sale, so renting buys you those extra weeks you need to get through the legal hassles.
If you don’t know the city at all, ask your new boss to put you in touch with a colleague that could help you become a little more familiar. Maybe a tour, or a map with some helpful details about places to eat and shop. Perhaps they can recommend the best schools for your kids? You’ll need help to identify the best family-friendly neighborhoods that are still commutable for your new job.
Of course, the move is going to cost you money before you start earning anything from your new job. And if it’s a sudden offer, you might not have time to save up for the move. Can your new boss offer a loan or grant to help you settle into the new job? In some places you lose a lot of your first few paychecks thanks to emergency tax codes when you start somewhere new. And if your partner loses their income for a while, things might be tight for a while.
If you’re moving away from your support network of friends and family, all of this can be even more stressful. You might have to pay for childcare and pet sitters. You might need to take out new health insurance policies with local doctors and dentists or pay a deposit. It’s worth spending a little time before you move to figure out where you can cut back for a couple of months until your new pay is in place.
A new city can throw up a lot of new problems. But even with a short notice move, you can find the people and services to help make it happen. Are you ready for your big day?
This is a collaborated post.