It’s that time of the year when you both feel a little nostalgic and a little anxious at the same time. The final few weeks of vacation are over, school is back in session and your new work year is just beginning. Time to buckle down and get ready for the next chapter of your life. But what if by some miracle you wind up landing a job after leaving home for the first time? How do you make sure that the transition from home to work won’t be anything but smooth? Especially if it means taking on another commute, switching jobs, or working longer hours. In this article we talk about how moving to a new job can be nerve-wracking, but also filled with opportunities for growth and self-improvement. From packing ahead of time to figuring out how long it will take you to get there to how to handle negative colleagues, we answer all your moving-from-home questions.
What will be involved in moving from home to work?
This will be the most challenging part of the whole process. If you’re moving from a large city to a smaller town or a rural area, you’ll have to drive or plane. If you’re relocating to a different country, you’ll have to learn the language and get used to new social conventions. While it may not sound like the most enjoyable thing in the world to do, it’s important to note that you’ll also get a much better work-life balance.
How to make the transition from home to a new job as smooth as possible
If you’re moving from home to a new job, there are a few things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible. First, make sure you’re ready. Your new employer will probably ask you to resubmit your old resume, so make sure you’re up-to-date on all your jobs and companies. If you’ve been in a previous job, make sure you have all the relevant information ready to go. You may also want to consider searching for a new job online, as many job postings now use online platforms like LinkedIn and Monster.com to help job candidates find jobs.
Take some time off before you start your new job
Although you’ll probably feel a lot more at ease once you’re in a new place and job, it’s smart to take some time off before you start your new job. This lets your body adjust to the time change, and gives you a chance to decompress and regroup before you hit the ground running again. If you have kids, this is also important because they need you around, so you can’t just take them to the office every day. You also need to give yourself some time to decompress and unwind when you’re not around them, so you can come back to them with a clear head and energized body.
Be transparent about your career change
You’re likely going to feel a lot of uncertainty and stress during your new job search. You may feel worried about where you’ll find the time to do it all, or you might worry about losing your job. If you’re being proactive and planning for these situations, now is the time to be transparent about your career change. Let your new employer know that you’re aiming to be a part of the team and let them know what your plans are. You may also want to circle back to this in a few months when you’re closer to starting work and can let them know how things are going.
Try not to bring your bag to work
Your new employer probably won’t mind you bringing your laptop to work, but they do probably want you to take it into the meeting room without having to take it into your office. It’s probably best to keep your bag at home until you’re closer to starting your new job, then take advantage of the free parking during the day and bring it to work on the weekends. This way you don’t have to sacrifice anything when it comes to your appearance or your backpack looks like a source of stress instead of support for your new job search.
Negotiate with your new employer
If you’re the one moving from home to work, you’ll likely be the one negotiating most of the terms and conditions of your new job. This can be nerve-wracking, but it’s also the most important part of the process. If you start the negotiation with a strong legal mind, you can probably get most of what you want out of the deal without having to fight hard for it. The first step is to understand your goals. Are they trying to get a raise, more hours, or a different job title? Write it all down so you know where you’re starting from. Then, start discussing your goals and the expectations of your new employer and work together to negotiate a deal. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be right all the time, you just have to make the best deal possible for both of you.
The process of moving from home to work can be nerve-wracking, but it can also be filled with opportunities for growth and self-improvement. From deciding where to start your search to how to handle negative colleagues, we have tips for making the transition from home to work as easy as possible.