I am not immune to change. It has been a little over a year now that our family picked up and moved from Chicago to Savannah. It was stressful and hectic, worth it, but still a giant headache. Most of our friends and family still live in Chicago so I did not really have anyone for guidance on what to do and how to adjust.
I know alot of people that want to move but do not know where to begin. What to do about a job search? Do I move first or find the job first? These are questions that I asked myself all the time.
1. Be patient
One thing I want to emphasize is that it requires a LOT of patience. We wanted to find a job BEFORE moving as it was not in our budget to quit our jobs, sell our house and just move with a toddler and a baby on the way. I got lucky and found a job that waited for me to make the move down to them. This is not always the case and was often not the case, especially if you are a licensed professional. If this is something you want, the job will not be found overnight. Don't give up after a week. Keep at it.
2. Join social media groups in your field
I am part of certain groups on Facebook in my field. There are groups for many different careers and professionals on LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. These are great resources to learn about the job market in your desired area. You can find job postings or even reach out to the professionals for any leads. If you are a licensed professional, it is another great resource to learn about any continuing education opportunities, community resources in that location, or community affiliations. Look up publications in your area such as newspapers or local magazines that may have information you are looking for such as job postings, networking groups or events, housing information, etc.
3. Narrow down your search
One of the problems we had is that we knew we wanted to move and knew we wanted it to be south. We did not really have a city let alone a state in mind. We loved Dallas and talked about moving there but also wanted to be somewhere near water and a beach. You will spend more time finding the right job if you spend it looking in your location of choice rather than haphazardly all over 10 of the US states.
This is also important if you are a licensed professional like I am. I am a Licensed Social Worker and my field requires me to have a license. The biggest hurdle was me not having a physically license in the states I was applying to. Again, I got lucky and found a job that waited for me to apply and receive my license but this was not the norm. Most companies said they liked me but wanted to talk when I physically moved down there or when I obtained my license. You CAN get hired but you need to take some risks and leaps first.
4. Find temporary housing
Before we moved we were on a time crunch to find a place to rent and move. We had to pick the first house that was available to us. Before we moved down permanently, I had to move down by myself for a short time and live in AirB&Bs. It was uncomfortable living out of a suitcase, moving to an area where you are by yourself to stay in someone else's home, and having to house hop as some places were already booked.
I wish I would have known about short term rental units like short term furnished rentals in Atlanta. They offer furnished rental units for 30 days or more. This is great for those corporate professionals who travel for an extended period of time or those who are moving locations but do not want to feel rushed. It gives them the opportunity to find their perfect long term housing. Furnished Apartments Atlanta is a service that is also popular with travel nurses, military families, contractors, entertainment/media personnel, and even staffing agencies.
This is a great option if you are looking to move to an area temporarily to do your job search. If you have this temporary housing you can put this address on your resume. It will make you a more attainable job candidate so if/when you do get hired you can work on that long term plan.
5. Hire Help
If finances allow, it is a good idea to hire a company to move your belongings for you. It might be stressful and nerve wracking trusting a company to transport all your belongings halfway across the country but THEY are the professionals. We had to enlist in some family to take time off work and drive down and help us. We still had to pay to rent a truck to move. We had to load and unload ourselves. Oh, and I was pregnant at the time. If you are able to pay for someone to do it then don't put yourself through that headache. Don't try to rush in getting from point A to point B. There are several companies that will help with the moving. My mom used a company when she moved from Florida back to Chicago and things went pretty smoothly for her. Her only worry was driving herself back home.
I was compensated for creating this content but all opinions are strictly my own.