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How to Relocate For a Job Successfully
Monday, December 03, 2012

Relocating for a job isn't easy especially when you have to consider how it will affect your family members. But when it comes to putting food on the table and getting the bills paid, a move doesn't seem like such a bad sacrifice for a worthy job offer.

Picking up and moving after you've settled down for some time is a tough change that can cause a lot of stress. The excitement for the new job is hard to celebrate when you have to think about having to start fresh in a new location.

In situations where the spouse also has to switch jobs the stress level can double the challenges. There's no sure-fire way to have a smooth transition, but these are some of the things you can do to lessen the strain on yourself and your family:

Get acquainted with your new environment. If you have some time before you move to make a visit with the family, this is a good way to get to the know the place so that everything doesn't feel so unfamiliar once you settle in. Doing ample research before heading into new territory helps you ease into the place little by little.

Test things out before making any commitments. Before you decide to buy a new home, find a temporary living situation to start. As a new person to the area you should explore your surroundings for the first few months of living there before settling down anywhere that you might change your mind on later. See if your company offers living arrangements as some will set it up for a certain amount of time to let you get your bearings.

Your moving expenses may be tax-deductible. Your new employer may not compensate your for the necessary costs of relocating, but the government might. There are certain requirements that you have to meet in order to qualify for the deductions which include: your new home being at least 50 miles away from your old home and job; and you work full time at least for 39 weeks during the last year after your move. For more details on this, see the IRS Tax Topic 455.

Expand your social network. Using social media such as Facebook and MeetUp can help you find others in the area with similar interests. Making this sort of transitions can make you feel like a fish out of water so building a network of can help you meet locals easier. It's not easy to be happy with a decision that you feel was necessary to take even though circumstances were not ideal. Surrounding yourself with welcoming faces can reassure you that you made the right choice. A happy person makes for a better worker.