If you’re feeling stuck in your career, then it might be time for a change. Sometimes that change can be as big as moving your entire career across the country. If that’s the plan for you, then there are some things you need to take care of before you go.

Secure a Job

This might seem like an obvious step, but before you move across the country you should make sure you have a job already lined up. You don’t want to completely uproot your life without having a secure plan in place once you reach your new home. According to Indeed, having a job already in place will help to give you peace of mind as you make this big change. It’s also a chance to start earning money right away. Your new job may also be a major factor in decisions like where you should find your new housing. Do some research in the area you want to move to and see what is available. Finding a new job can be easier if you have a sizable network you can contact.

Start Packing

Moving across the country is a big step and it will require a lot of work. According to On the Move, packing for a move across the country can take as long as a week. After all, you’re packing up your entire house. It can be helpful if you create a timeline for yourself to make the process easier and less stressful. You should start out about a month in advance by packing up any storage that you may have in a basement or attic. The next week, you should begin taking down decorations and other items that aren’t essential. As you get closer to your moving date, start packing up the other rooms in your house starting with areas that aren’t as essential. While packing, it might be helpful to color code boxes by room so you can easily unpack everything once you get to your new home.

Build a Network

Having a network in place in your new location will help you adjust more. Your network can be professional and help you adjust to your new job and career, or you can also build a social network. According to The Muse, there are many ways you can build your network before you even leave. Start off by making a list of anyone in the area that you might know including family, friends, old coworkers, or friends from college. You can also join local social media groups connected to your job. If you have the opportunity, you should try spending a week in the area to try to get to know people.

Taking the leap to move your career across the country can be intimidating, but it is not impossible. Take some time to make a plan and create a secure situation for yourself. This will make the process far less stressful.

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