So you know where you want to move, or at least have a really good idea. But do you have a new job lined up yet? If you already have your new source of income secured, congratulations! You can probably skip this step and move onto the next one.

Making sure you have a new job lined up will make your relocation go as smooth as possible. It will guarantee that you have enough money coming in to satisfy your new budget. If you wait to find employment after you get settled, you may burn through all of your savings before you know it.

What is the best way to start your job search?

While you’re hunting jobs don’t take just anything you can find. Being happy with your move will be easier if you’re not stuck at a job you hate. Make sure that you find yourself in a job you really enjoy. If you don’t know exactly what your dream job is, you’ll have to dig deep and really discover where your talents and passions meet. Surrounding yourself with the right people can also be a big help in getting into a good career.

What resources are available to start looking for a job?

Once you get an idea of what kind of job you want, you have to start searching. One option you have available to you is to go online and start researching companies in your chosen field and see if they have jobs available directly on their website. Another more popular option is searching for available positions on job search websites like:

  • ZipRecruiter
  • LinkedIn
  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed

Something important to keep in mind when you’re applying for a position is your salary. You may be asked what you desired salary is so be prepared. Make sure you have looked up the average salary for a person in your position and with your experience. Make sure to also factor in the cost of living in that area. The thing you don’t want to do is underestimate your worth. Being prepared will help you deliver a confident answer and avoid any awkward interactions.

What are relocation packages?

Have you heard of a “relocation package” before? It is an employer benefit that can help you cover the costs of relocating for work. It isn’t offered b every employer and isn’t a guarantee, but you should find out if your employer offers it. If you are offered one it could prove to be a huge help and save you a bunch of money on your move. If you don’t know if your new job has a relocation package to offer, just ask.

Relocation packages are not standard, but here are some common benefits:

  • Cost associated with buying or selling your home
  • Visiting your new town to go house hunting
  • Temporary housing, if necessary
  • Moving cost in terms of shipping your stuff
  • Any miscellaneous travel expenses for your final move

Some companies may fully compensate you for the cost of your move, others may only offer a little assistance in a few areas. You will never know if or what your employer may help with if you don’t ask!

Use these tips to help you nail down a new job in your new location.