The Do's & Don'ts of Job Relocation

Prediction: Lots of to-do lists will be in your future.
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You got that awesome job in a new city -- congratulations! While the big career move is exciting, now's not the time to sit around dreaming with stars in your eyes. You have to get real about this move and what it's going to take to pull it off -- all while keeping all parties involved happy. Don't hesitate -- sit down today and hash out the do's and don'ts of your job relocation.

The New City

Don't assume that being offered a bigger salary than the one you're getting now is going to mean lots of extra money. Do your homework before you accept the offer; if the cost of living is much higher than your current city, you may be making a lateral move -- or even taking a step down in terms of financial gain. Also check on quality of life in the new town. Ask yourself whether the new place offers the type of social scene, outdoor amenities, shopping or other things you value in your current city.


Don't assume your company is going to be quick in reimbursing you for moving costs. First, check on whether you're getting a moving allowance at all, and then ask how much it will be and how you can spend it. Some companies may only allow you to spend it on a rental truck or plane tickets and not on the deposit for the new apartment. Also, expect it to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get your money back -- some companies just take longer than others. On that note, hang on to your receipts diligently so you can prove how you spent the money.

Time Management

Give yourself plenty of time to make it to and fro and to wrap things up at your old job. Give your former employer the respect she deserves and finish the projects you promised to finish. This may be require you to put off the new employer longer than she would like -- but if you let her know you're concerned about leaving things in good order, she may respect your conscientiousness. Also, don't underestimate how long it will take to get out of your old place, to your destination and settled in your new home. You may need a few more days than you thought.

Your Stuff

Don't take everything. You may be really attached to that vintage lamp you got in college, but is it really worth the extra hassle and cost of moving it? During this time of transition, make deep cuts. Donate stuff to charity. Have a clothing exchange and get rid of the stuff you don't wear. You'll thank yourself for lightening your load when you arrive in your new town.


Be real with yourself about how much it's going to cost to make this move. Even with the benefit of a moving allowance, relocating to a new city is expensive. Set a realistic budget and monitor it carefully. Don't forget to include financial hits such as missed work time, gas, food and lodging on the road, deposits for new utility bills, and of course, all that eating out when you have yet to find your silverware.

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