If you’re considering moving to your favorite city without a job offer or want the job market another area has to offer, you’re not alone. It’s a risk that many people choose to take, whether to follow their dreams or find new opportunities. As intimidating as it can seem, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself to land on your feet without a job in hand. Keep reading to learn more about preparing to plunge into a new city with no guaranteed employment.
Moving without a job might feel like an act of spontaneity, but it shouldn’t be if you aim to secure financial stability. If you want to be financially stable and build your career, you need a solid plan. There are many things you’ll need to keep in mind to succeed.
Be smart about DIY or die
It can be tempting to DIY the whole move, but you need to ask yourself some serious questions. Do you need a moving service? How much are you willing to leave behind or store? Are you taking your car with you? If you are, are you planning on driving it? A road trip might seem like a fun way to get to your new home, but what if your car breaks down on the way? Hiring a car transportation company will give you some peace of mind and help you avoid any move-ruining damage to your vehicle.
Take some time to consider the pros and cons of DIY versus hiring professionals, and decide where you want to invest time and money.
Do your research
In-depth research will prepare you for the struggles of moving without a job. The more you know, the more you can prepare. For example, what does the job market look like for your industry? If it’s highly competitive, you might be better off trying to get a job first. How much is housing going to cost? If you might need an apartment for months before you get a paycheck, saving that rent up will give you a security net.
Ask your current employer about working remotely. Remote work has become increasingly common since the pandemic. Working remotely will allow you to fill the position the employer needs for a while longer and keep your paychecks flowing after you move. Your existing company may not keep you on until you find your next job, but every extra paycheck will help you get by until you find a new job.
Manage your money
Managing your money isn’t any fun, but it’s what will keep you afloat until you get the job you need. Take a step back and look critically at where your money goes and why. How can you cut back? What expenses can you expect the move to pile on, and how will you cover them? Will moving lower or raise your monthly cost of living? Here are some solutions to help along the way.
Find temporary housing
You don’t need to move into your dream place as soon as you get into town. It might not be ideal, but staying with friends or family can keep your costs down until you find a new job. If that isn’t an option, finding a low-cost apartment will give you local renting history while you work towards a job that will pay for what you want. Ideally, find a place with most utilities bundled in with the rent to simplify budgeting.
The best thing you can do for your short and long-term stability when moving without a job is to budget carefully. Don’t wait until you’ve moved. Start cutting back on luxury items and sink that money into savings. It’ll help you build up your savings faster and help you get used to going without some of the things you’re used to having.
Get side hustles
You’re probably sick of hearing about side hustles, but they’re a fantastic way to get (and keep) money flowing when life grows complicated. Look into side hustles and passive income streams online, focusing on things that will be easy and not time-consuming.
Freelancing can also be a great option, especially if you can work in your area. You can easily do freelancing online through sites like Fiverr and Upwork, and you can add it to your resume and portfolio (no work history gap).
Finding work might be the most obvious part, but it can’t be overstated. You don’t want to land in your dream city only have to leave in six months because you couldn’t find a job and your savings ran out. Worse, you don’t want to end up stranded with no way home. Start following the tips below before you move to help you find the work you need to thrive.
Network, network, network
Networking is an integral part of the job search, especially when moving to a new area. Connect with other professionals in your area. They’ll be an incredible resource and will be able to help you get to know what that community and culture around your industry are, as well as help you find work. Local professionals can give you a good idea of what organizations will help build your career.
Apply for jobs
You should start applying for work before you move, but you’ll need to double down once you have. Keep your mind open and explore this area’s options and your industry offer. Ask yourself what you need out of a job and an employer and what might be your personal preference. There’s nothing wrong with preference, but there’s a time and a place.
While you’re applying, study up and practice for job interviews, so you’re ready when options come your way.
You’re moving, finding somewhere to live, saving and budgeting, freelancing and hustling, and now you have to upskill? Yes. Upgrading your skills, gaining certifications, and building your portfolio will make you stand out as a fantastic candidate when potential employers consider hiring you. Use your research and networking to figure out what everyone needs and what might be missing from the area.
Whether you’re ready to move to the Big Apple to chase your dreams or want the job opportunities that only D.C. has to offer, you can move without a job in hand. Plan ahead to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.