You’ve found the opportunity you’ve been looking for and you’re ready to make the move. Now what?
Many organizations offer some type of moving assistance, though it can vary based on the situation. Here are some ways you might expect to receive support as you relocate and transition into your new community:
Guidance with licensing and credentialing
If your new position requires a move across state lines, it’s likely your organization will provide information about that state’s licensing and credentialing requirements. Your license and credentials will need to be up to date before you can start practicing, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about what is needed and when to ensure you’re ready when you get there.
Whether you’re moving across the country - or just across town - some organizations will hire movers to help you get settled or reimburse you for moving expenses. If you haven’t chosen a specific location or found a home yet, recruiters might also provide contact information for a trusted Realtor who can share listings or help you explore your options.
If you’re not initially offered these things when discussing the specifics of your relocation, it doesn’t hurt to ask if it’s something you can anticipate.
Recruiters know family is a major factor when relocating and adjusting to a new community. Hopefully, the recruiter you’ve been working with has taken an interest in your family and what needs they will have relating to your move.
They may ask if your spouse will be looking for work; if you have children, they may ask their ages and whether they’re interested in joining sports or club teams. The recruiter can use this information to provide personalized suggestions for school districts near your work, day cares, tips for your spouse or partner to get connected with employers in the area, and more.
Lay of the land
With the same goal of helping you and your family feel at home, your recruiter may share resources to ensure you have what you need in your new community. This could include anything from recommendations on grocery stores and markets, dry cleaners, restaurants, delivery and cleaning services, parks, shopping centers, main attractions or other hidden gems in the area.
There’s a good chance you’ll be offered these resources up front, but it’s OK to ask for them at any point in the relocation process so you can feel confident starting your new role with all the tools you need to be successful.
Every organization is different, and the relocation assistance they provide their new hires may vary. Regardless, your recruiter and the staff at your new organization want you to be prepared and excited to join and serve the community. If there’s something you need or can identify to make your transition easier, it never hurts to ask.