Picking the right location is important, but so is the right attitude, so check our tips to make your move successful.

Preparing for a change

When looking for a new job you may want to  consider looking further afield that your current town or county for that dream role, relocating may be the next step for you, however its important that you consider exactly what this will mean for you.

The reality is that moving house and getting a new job rate as two of the most stressful challenges for anyone, so when they combine it's hardly surprising it can turn out to be a bumpy ride.  Relocating can be a liberating, life-changing experience, but could also turn out to be one long ordeal of homesickness as you miss your friends, family and local pub.

Picking a location

What makes a good location is a matter of taste.  If you need good rail or road links and an airport nearby for your job, make sure those elements are near the top of your wish list.  Usually most people's requirements include good places to eat and drink, sporting facilities, cinema, schools and access to clubs and interest groups.

Out of town

Living out of town used to be the death knell for career-minded individuals, but technology has changed all that.  Following the broadband revolution, many of our clients now operate on a truly international basis with even the smaller businesses having offices all over the world.  There is a trend towards working from home which means a potential move to a warmer climate away from the hustle and bustle of city living.  

Moving country

If you're looking to move country for your new job, expect the upheaval to be more dramatic. As well as the excitement and challenge of a new culture and language, there are many practical obstacles to overcome too.  Opening a bank account, finding out how and when your post will arrive, hunting for a house or buying a new car.  Speak to your new employer as they’ll be able to help you or contact us as we have extensive experience of relocating people overseas.

Getting connected

Unless you're a professional hermit, location by itself will not do it.  People can either make or break your new job and you should be aware of cultural differences when it comes to socialising.  It can take a while to get settled especially if you’re in a foreign country so embrace their culture, get to know the people and learn some of the basics of the new language as this will be positively received by the locals and help you to ‘break the ice’. 

Do the sums

Before accepting a job you should run a check on fundamentals, like the price of living in the new town or country.  Make sure the offered salary is compatible.  It's easy to accept a higher salary than you are currently on but end up with less disposable income due to higher living expenses, taxes etc.  Likewise, if you plan to stick with a job but move further away in order to get a bigger house for your money, you should be aware of the new cost of commuting which could come as a bit of a shock. 

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