Should you move to the location of your dreams and then look
for a job?
from Making the
Moving without a job will challenge your identity --
but for some people, it's the best way to go.
Here are some ways to deal with the question.
How will you answer the "What do you do?" question?
Landlords and bankers want something more solid than, "It's
about being, not doing." And will your self-esteem hold
up after you say repeatedly, "I'm looking for a job."
You cannot take for granted that a particular set of professional
skills will be in demand.
Arlene, a physician, found she could not relocate easily to
some provinces of Canada; a shortage of hospital facilities restricts
the number of physicians allowed to practice. The old stand-bys
-- teaching, social work, library science -- have become crowded
fields, often unionized, with long waiting lists.
But what if you really want to move? Here are five
ways to protect yourself.
Want to start a new life before you start a new job?
Do you have fantasies of moving to a new part of the
country or even the world? Quit your job or escape a layoff and
Hold on tight to your chair. Force yourself to stay
seated until you have an action plan, preferably in writing.
Here are seven tips to get started.
1. Carefully research your target destination. Forget
the myths. A small town may be not be a haven of low-cost, crime-free
living. A big city may have few opportunities in your chosen
2. Protect your work identity. Line up a job -- even
a temporary job -- before you move. Find at least one client
for your free lance business.
3. Define your career flexibly. Are you willing to
wait tables, paint houses or work as a temporary secretary? Do
you have marketable skills: carpentry, construction, dog grooming?
4. Don't count on the old stand-bys -- teaching, social
work, library science, nursing. You may need a union card or
local reference to get established. And many openings exist only
5. Identify friends and friends-of-friends in your
target destination who can jump-start your social life and show
you the ropes. .
6. Rent or buy before you leave your job, if at all
possible. If you haven't moved in twenty years, you may be surprised.
7. Much advice from well-meaning friends and relatives
will be useless and even harmful. People share their stereotypes
and their own buried fantasies. "I've always wanted to live
there," they say wistfully. Or, "Don't they have a
high crime rate?" Get the facts and seek professional consultations.