It’s not always possible to find work close to home, so it may be necessary to look further afield. Not only will you have access to a wider range of opportunities, in many cases you will also be able to negotiate a very lucrative salary – especially if your skills are in demand. Moving for work can be stressful and complicated, but with a few handy tips from Brix Projects you can ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.
Looking for long term work or a permanent role and considering relocating? Read on to learn all you need to know.
Preparing for your move
Before moving, it pays to do a bit of research. You can begin by scouting out the local job market, this will help you get a better idea of who’s hiring and the opportunities available to you. Make sure to get an understanding of:
- Which companies are busy – a solid pipeline of work increases job security
- The types of companies you would like to work for – consider your personality and talents, then develop a list of 5 companies with current vacancies
- Register with agencies – this is often the best way to find a job. Consultants will have a deep understanding of the local job market and which sectors have the most work, as well as the suburbs in which projects are underway. This inside information is very helpful, particularly when it comes to choosing a place to live.
Organization is key
The last thing you want is to get to your destination and find it wasn’t quite what you expected.
It’s well worth taking a few trips into the city before making your move, as this will help familiarize yourself with the area. Consider access to essential services such as banks, shops and government organizations, as you will require these things on a regular basis.
Transport – How do you plan to get to work? If you own a car, then perhaps this might be the best option. But if not, you will need to use public transport. Research the routes and timetables to ensure that there is an appropriate service close to major projects. Make sure that the suburb you are considering living in has sufficient public transport for your needs.
Demographics – Do your research and find out which suburbs are popular with people similar to you. This will ease the settling in process, and you will quickly make friends with other like-minded people in the area.
Set a date – Confirm your move date and arrange removalists/transport ahead of time, this will give you plenty of time to get packed up, and you will be settled into your new home before you know it. You’ll be ready to start your new job stress free.
Cost of living
One of the biggest advantages to moving further afield is that you can often benefit from a lower cost of living. Major cities will have a much higher cost of living, whilst regional towns will be lower.
You should take into account the average rent, transportation, shopping and entertainment costs. This will help you to budget accordingly, so you won’t get any nasty surprises after you’ve made the move.
Also ensure that the jobs you are applying for will pay enough to maintain your current standard of living. In some cases, your new employer may even be willing to cover some of your relocation costs.
It’s always a good idea to reach out to the locals, or perhaps even friends/family who live in the area. These people will be able to give you an insight into daily life and make you aware of any potential issues.
You might also like to attend networking events. This is a great way to make new friends and expand your personal + professional network, and it will make the move so much less stressful. You never know who you might meet, your next job opportunity may only be a conversation away.
Always have a plan B, as things don’t always work out like you expect them to. You should have at least 3 months’ worth of savings in the bank, as this will cover you whilst you look for work or if you experience a gap between employment.
Use Brix Projects to your advantage
At Brix, we want to help you succeed. Before making the move, make sure that you register with us as we can help you secure a long-term role. We have strong connections to some of the nations leading contractors, and our friendly consultants can advise you on both current and upcoming projects which may be of interest.
We’ll secure a start date before you even arrive, helping to remove the stress and create a seamless transition into your new job.
For further information, please check out our employee resources page on our website: https://www.brixprojects.com.au/employee-information/
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