Moving Without a Job
Here are five tips that can help you be better prepared if you find yourself Moving Without a Job already lined up and waiting for you:
Research Your Destination
You have to invest time and effort into preparing for a move and this is even truer when you do not have a job lined up ahead of time. Research what the job market is like in the area. Whether you are moving to or from Fort Lauderdale, spend some time comparing the job markets to see if a move is the best thing for you right now. In particular, scout out job availability and see if there is something in your field that you can apply for once you move.
Network in Advance
Before you pull out of the drive way and head off to your new place, you should have contacts for a minimum of five people so you have someone to get in touch with about a job as soon as you arrive. These need not be professional contacts thou they are the best- but even having friends or trusted family members who can give you leads or recommendations in the Fort Lauderdale area, or wherever you are moving to, can be a good place to start your job hunt. Moving Without a Job in place is tough and having contacts lined up ahead of time is essential when you’re moving to a strange place.
Know Your Money Limits
Unless you’re absolutely certain you can get a job quickly and unless you’ve got highly in-demand skills, your best bet is to plan on going at least three months without a paycheck. To make doubly sure you are covered financially, you should try to plan for six months. Build savings as much as possible so you can have money to live off of while you job hunt. This is one of the most important parts of Moving Without a Job but it is also the step many people forget or do not take seriously.
Have an Exit Strategy
Sometimes even the best laid plans fall through and a move does not work out. Maybe it was the wrong time or the wrong place for you. Whatever the reasons, if things do not pan out for you, you need to have an exit strategy. What is plan B? Do you have an idea on where to go if the new city does not work? Can you move back to Fort Lauderdale or wherever you moved from? Having an exit strategy is the final step in preparing for the event of Moving Without a Job already in place.