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When a job opportunity comes knockin’, it may ask you to make some big changes in your life, and quickly. A frequent situation you may encounter is a career opportunity that comes out of nowhere in which everything is perfect — except the job is in a new part of the country and you’ve only got a month to figure it all out.
Relocating for a job is stressful enough without the added time pressure, given the sheer number of activities that have to be coordinated, seemingly all at the same time. With the added time constraint, it’s natural to become a bit frantic and possibly overlook important details — things like making sure your house has electrical power when you get there, and not forgetting to have your mail forwarded to your new address. These intricate details can become major distractions when you are focusing on other things like settling into your new job, while trying to make the best possible impression on your new boss and coworkers.
The infographic below, Checklist for an Easy Job Relocation in 30 Days or Less, will help you make your transition to your new job and new living situation happen smoothly, despite the time pressure. It lays out 12 critical items to take care of, in rough chronological order. While there will still be a fair amount of work to do after you internalize the infographic’s checklist, you will sleep better knowing you have a plan and nothing important will create undue stress two or three weeks down the road.