Relocation can be challenging, especially if you don’t have a job. You need to be very careful with your spending while also actively hunting for work.
If you’re moving to a new state without a stable income, make sure to give this guide a read, it’ll help you avoid financial problems and land a job faster. So let’s start:
1. Calculate Costs
When moving to a new location without a job, you need to keep your hand very tight, which means not spending on anything that’s not necessary for your survival or for getting a job. For this, you need to calculate the costs of everything you’ll need and plan your budget accordingly. This can be things like:
- Accommodation: Depending on the amount of money you’ve got, you need to find the cheapest but safest place to live. Either you can ask for help from a friend or family member and crash on their couch to avoid this cost altogether, or you can rent a cheap Airbnb room.
- Dining: Again, if you’re living with a friend or family member, you can avoid this cost or share the cost of dining. However, if you’re on your own, avoid expensive food and cut your daily coffee intake; even two cups a day can take out $10 from your pocket daily.
- Commute: Will you be going to job interviews in your car or via taxi? You’ll have to keep some money aside for gas or for taxi charges. Keeping $300 to $500 bucks should be enough, especially if you’ve got your own car. Otherwise, mix things up ride-sharing and walking.
- Cell Phone Charges: You’ll be making several calls a day to secure a spot in a job interview; make sure to have some money to pay for the cellphone charges. Make sure to get a new cell phone in the new state, or you may end up paying more in roaming charges.
- Storage Space: If you’ve got some items you are taking with you while doing relocation, you might need a storage unit to tuck them away while you hunt for a job.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got $1000 or $10,000; the money will eventually run out. And if you’re not planning your spending, it will go burn faster than you can imagine.
2. Research the Job Market
Once you’ve arranged for a temporary place to live in, you need to start hunting for a job. For this, start scouting the local job market. If you are not aiming to get into a particular company, look for the major businesses in the town by going through the local business newspaper; American City Business Journal is a good place to start. Also, keep reading daily job postings in the local newspaper.
Once you’ve got a list of 5-10 companies you’re willing to work for, learn about each employer. Go through their website, find out about their investors, read their recent press releases, see if they’ve got any annual reports, learn about their products/services, and so on. This will help you appear more knowledgeable and interested in their organization.
Furthermore, start networking with people related to your area of expertise. Go to LinkedIn, and start interacting with people within your industry and locality. Do the same by attending local business events and conferences. Remember, your network is your net worth! So get out there, talk to people, let them know you, and find out about them. When a job opportunity arises, people will remember you.
3. Work Part-Time If You Have To:
Even if your main goal is to get a full-time job in a company of your choice, working part-time while going for interviews will keep you financially afloat. You need to pay the bills and ensure you don’t need to get any financial favors from friends or family members.
Plus, you can gain new skills, exposure to the new place you’ve just moved in to, and more job experience; these are the things that can give you an edge over other applicants during an interview.
Furthermore, you can sign up for freelancing platforms like UpWork and Fiverr and start selling any skill you have, whether it’s writing, designing, web development, consulting, or anything else. This can be done along with a part-time job; you’ll have enough money to afford a simple life while you work towards getting your dream job.
4. Rent a Place:
Once you’ve got enough money flowing in from part-time jobs, you can move out of Airbnb or your friend/family member’s home and get a place of your own. This will also help you eliminate payments to the storage locker for keeping your stuff secure as you can move everything in your new home.
Plus, if you’re moving with the help of an out-of-state moving company (more on this below), you can even get a free 30-day storage facility and save some money there as well.
Moving on, to find a cheap place to rent, start by browsing sites like Craigslist for rental homes, or if you’ve got some extra money, work with a realtor; he/she can help you find a place as per your budget.
5. Which movers to choose: local or state
Now, before moving out of the state, you need to work with a moving company to help you plan and move your stuff without any problem. This is not an extra expense; it is a much-needed service because you cannot just take all of your stuff to a new state in a car.
So, get quotes from both local movers and the ones located in the destination state and see which one offers the best price. Having a free storage facility for 30 days is also a plus as it will save you a good amount of money.
Just make sure to read online reviews about the company you decide to hire to know exactly what to expect in terms of service quality.
6. Make an action plan checklist
This is a very important step when moving without a job because you need a roadmap of things to do before and after moving to a new state to avoid any legal and financial problems.
We’ve prepared a detailed checklist of things to do when moving to a new state (link to the article I wrote on moving out of state). Make sure to read it and get the best out of your moving experience.