The 5 best moves to make before moving for work. Have you ever wondered why some people really make it getting those wow jobs and you are stuck with the bad deals? Follow these tips.
If your company is moving you, or a new company wants you pretty bad, read the fine print.
Just like any deal on this planet, reading the fine print in your contract and employment terms is a real life-saver. While we see many pleasing terms in the large bold typed contracts, we often oversee the very fine print that can be totally neutral, such as an explanatory clause, or very revealing of how much you are really going to have to put down for that fine job. I suggest, from all my experience in relocation and work choices, to start reading your work contract in a totally different way. Try to select those little clauses in fine print and paste them in a separate document. Then enlarge the font and stare, stare, stare at those little clauses, which are now big and in proportion to other terms. After all, they are binding terms. Begin from there and you will quickly see the truly hidden lines, messages and expectations. Do these terms completely override the spirit or may even sound contradictory to the entire contract? If so, this can and probably should start ringing some bells. An example of how the hidden messages of contract fine print can be manifest is seen in many great employment contracts. It usually begins with some vague notions about travel with a minimum and no maximum amount specified. It goes on with so-called occasional weekends at work, with no minimum or maximum fixed in writing. It proceeds with huge mathematical equations about what is the employer paying for during travel or special missions and what not. This can also include strange terms about using your car to get to conferences and the company only willing to reimburse limited mileage. There is no specification in the contract about your weekly working hours nor the extra hours you are asked to put in, and usually no mention about the rate per hour for putting in weekends and or holidays. Check it out and read the fine print as large print first. You won’t regret it!
Gather your best contacts and your strongest network and prepare a good-bye party which will become your major networking opportunity.
Even if you are moving and getting into a totally different field, or you are just getting a promotion and relocating with the same company, it is a must to keep bridges and find ways to connect with your existing network. It is a capital you have built during your years there and never underestimate your impact at both work and human relations. The best way to have a nice and beneficial closure is to throw a specific party for your co-workers, managers, staff at a place you really like and be a bit generous, buy some really nice appetizers, light drinks, you can also host this at home and have a catering service take care of that. It is a great investment and some great cards and small gifts related to some common memories with others will really take you a long way. It’s also the time to share more details about your upcoming progress. Invest in people and the better you get at it, the more you will flourish in many aspects of your life, career being a guarantee.
Stack those extra references, recommendations and follow-ups which can add value to your future job.
Again, even if you are in a new work adventure, your past skills are very important, as well as the people you shared them with and went creative together. Pick only the best and most accomplished with a good moral backbone and ask for some references, recommendations and the permission to contact them in the future for updated references. You will be surprised at how willing people are to go that extra mile if you ask for it. Especially if you invite them to your good-bye party, this will be a memorable event and they will keep referring to your value as a person and a good host. Try it!
Line-up all of the necessary paperwork
This is a part I can’t stand about changes and especially work changes. All that painful paperwork that seems it takes forever to gather, sort, classify and then redistribute. While it is unpleasant, it is a milestone which really determines your future success and how quickly you can settle at a new job and working environment. Always nurture your relationships in both jobs with the human resources personnel, they tend to go unnoticed, yet they are extremely resourceful and very eager to go that extra mile to thank you for those chocolates they got in the middle of a hectic day at work. Bribery? Maybe, my parents always call that good manners and good public relations.
Create a system, before leaving, where you can be updating all your network of your whereabouts, career milestones, promotions and joint venture proposals.
Email is great and I can tell you I keep deleting so many messages per day, I get overwhelmed and tired of just reading. Get into something more interactive and playful to stay in touch with people. I really like Google+ and Pinterest because it’s a relaxed way to share stuff you like with people, even exchange some short messages about what is going on today, what’s up and what’s for tomorrow. Whichever social network you pick, get people on it a few days before you’re leaving and bond around something fun, preferable outside work. Keep the bonds alive and your network will continue to grow.