Career Advice

What to Do When You Are Facing a Job Relocation 

By: Guest Author
Sep 17, 2021 • 5 min read

What to Do When You Are Facing a Job Relocation – 5 Practical Tips


Various factors contribute to why we might face job relocation.  The company where you work opens up new offices or moves to a different location.  You want to migrate to another country for economic or family reasons and face losing your current employment. You get an exciting job offer from a different company that gives you higher incentives. 

Whatever the reason, it comes as no surprise that you seem to have a hundred things to handle before relocating. Are you facing a job relocation and do not know what to do?  Don’t worry because many others face the same situation.   Many people feel overwhelmed about moving to new environments and might not know what to do.   Take a look at the steps described below.

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5 Logical Steps to Take 


Research, research cannot be overstated.  Researching the vicinity of the job location is essential for the quick settlement of your family. Are you migrating to a new country? Find out available relocation programs the country or city offers to migrants. Consider available facilities such as schools, shopping areas, housing, hospitals, and others that you and your family can easily access.  If possible, pay a visit to the new location.  Determine whether nearby facilities meet the needs of you and your family. 

Some firms offer job relocation incentives like housing, transport, or moving costs.  Find out if these are accessible to you and at what cost to you.

Calculate The Cost of Relocating

Economic reasons might be why you are considering a job relocation.  A prospective job might offer you a more favorable position and a better pay salary.  These incentives look good on paper, but have you deducted the expense you might incur in the new location?  The difference might not translate to a much better position.  For example, if you plan to move from the suburbs to an expensive city or from a developing country to a developed country, it poses expense challenges. 

The cost of living in a city or a developed country is much higher.  For example, if you migrate to Canada from India, you will meet with a much higher cost of living.

In your calculations, consider including the following:-

  • Housing costs
  • Education fees if you have children
  • Transport expenses to and from your new job, kids school location, and your residence
  • Cost of living in the job area
  • Relocation expenses such as courier and transport services
  • Health cost if you do not have insurance or before you get insurance in the new area

After deducting these expenses from your potential new pay, will it be worth relocating?  If your answer is with a resounding YES, then relocate by all means.  


Set aside a budget for your moving expenses. Before you receive your month’s salary at the new job, you need money to settle your family and run the daily expenses.  Remember, during the month you are relocating, your bills might double.  Repairing your house for sale or working with a realtor incurs expenses.  Repairing your rental apartment to leave it in the condition you received from your landlord requires money.   If migrating, selling your vehicle incurs costs. 

You can identify different areas that will incur expenses at your old location that need attention.  You are responsible for covering the bills at your current location and at the same time covering expenses at your new job area.

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Find Affordable Housing 

Find affordable housing before relocating. Sometimes in an expensive city, the kind of housing affordable to you might be further away from you and your spouse’s places of employment and your children’s education facilities.  Whatever the case might be, finding your housing before you relocate quickens the settlement process.

Be Highly Organized

To avoid non-job-related interruptions on your new job, organize a time to move house and reconcile your bills.  Remember your employer expects you to have settled your affairs before you start at your new workplace.  Find out how much time your employer will give you before reporting to your new job.  Negotiate for more time if you estimate that the amount of time given is too short.

The time negotiated also gives you time to hand over your duties.   Doing a good job handover will help you keep a good working relationship with your former colleagues and employer.  You never know who might lend you a helping hand in the future.

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