Every other day people move to a new city to start a new life, start a family, start a new job or just move to their dream city. Moving without a job is a very scary thing to do because amongst other things, people are advised to start finding a job before making a big leap. But the good news is there are people that have done it and succeeded. The first few months might actually be rough and you might not get a job for another few months, it could take about 6 months to a year or maybe less in your case. The tips below will help you have a soft landing:
As much as people move to new cities so they can gain some independence and live alone, you will better off living with family or friends in your new city pending the time you get a job. You might even have enough to rent a space but you do not know how long you are going to be unemployed for, so save for the rainy day.
One of the most reasonable things to do is to start saving up months before you make the move. A lot of people make the migrate after college, you can start saving while in college, it might not aggregate to a lot but it will keep you going for the time being. You will need money for food, utilities, and living expenses.
This cannot be over-emphasized, asides doing your research on how much your dream city is, you need to do your research on the safest neighbourhood, average rent, tax and transport facilities of the city. You should also look into your job industry and check its potential and if you are interested in starting a business you should research your target market. You should also search for alternatives and what your skill set can afford you to do.
Look for reputable employment agencies in your new city and sign up with them. Asides applying online it will be difficult as a stranger in a city to get a job reason being that you probably do not know as any people and you have not mastered how to navigate around.
The internet has made things really easy, you should look up companies in your industry and affiliate companies and start to apply to them. Do not wait until you get to the city, there is nothing wrong with applying from a distance but make sure to indicate your current situation and when you will be in their city on your cover letter.
Search for people that stay in your new city and reach out to them, both professionals and non-professionals. You can, through that process, get someone to give you a tour of the city without having to bear the cost. It is understandable that you might want to discover your new city by yourself but you also need to know the most important places. While doing this you need to also be careful and make sure you are connecting with the right people. You could also get your friends to connect you with people, this is a safer option.
Your friends are going to want to hang out, you will feel the urge to spend money on takeout, they might seem like very minor expenses, you are probably thinking, what difference would it make if I quit taking a one-dollar coffee? Well, a lot of difference, imagine saving that money for a whole month? And several other months. It all boils down to learning how to discipline yourself.
It is scary losing a job alone, add that to moving to an entirely new city and it seems an impossible ask. However, simply following the tips above can go a long way in making your move as less daunting as can be.