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Asked by Sam on October 23, 2016

I just took a job on the other side of the country. I don't know anyone in the city where I'm moving. Any advice on what to do when relocating for a job?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on October 24, 2016

Congratulations!  It is a great adventure to pick up stakes and move your life somewhere new.  There are a couple of factors that truly play a part in being successful in a new job, and finding your spot in a community is one of them.  You'll spend time with your new co-workers, you'll become a part of the culture of your office environment, but what about when you head home for the day?  Seeking out people with similar interests is a great first step.  Do you like to hike, bike, crossfit?  There are easy ways to get involved in athletic pursuits.  Do you like to read, make music, see a show?  There are excellent ways to seek out cultural pursuits. 

Work can be stressful and it is important to have outlets outside of work where you can shake off the day when you need to.  l have spent some time recently doing a social experiment in my own life that has led to some new connections.  When friends suggest activities they want to do that are outside my usual things, I say...Yes!  Yes to a show, a new workout class, different food and a lecture series.

It's a big world out there and you are in an awesome position to take a big bite out of it!  Best of luck!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on October 26, 2016

Congratulations! That is very exciting and a big step in your life and career. Moving to a new city on your own can be very intimidating. I think there are several ways you can become involved in your new city and meet new people. I would encourage you to seek out professional organizations to become involved in. Also, some colleges and universities have alumni groups in cities across the U.S. I would recommend looking to see if your school has an alumni group in your new city. Another easy way would be to join workout classes or a gym. If you enjoy community service, find community service opportunities in your area to take part in as well. Think about your hobbies and what you enjoy being involved in and take advantage of those opportunities to meet people who share similar interests.
Best of luck with your move and career!

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Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on October 28, 2016

This is an exciting and fun time to explore a new place. I have actually done this twice in my life and both times were great learning opportunities. I rented places to stay, so I could learn the city and determine what was best for me in the long term. On the weekends I would grab my cup of coffee and go driving around to get to know the city and the different vibes in the various neighborhoods. In both of my adventures I found myself in a city exploring by myself, which led me to join a couple meet up and adventure type groups. In short order I was able to build my network of friends and colleagues. My best advice is enjoy and dive in with both feet. There are many groups and social activities for new folks moving in, ensure you attend these until you meet enough folks that you have your social network established. Keep in mind it took me about six months to a year to really establish myself in a new place. I really hope you have a great time. Good luck and congratulations on the new opportunity.

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Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on December 6, 2016

Congratulations on the new job! While moving and starting a new job can be stressful, it can also be the start of a new adventure.  Luckily, these days we have the internet to help with any questions you have about any city in the US (and beyond).  I’d suggest researching the city itself, then asking co-workers what they like to do in their spare time, or places they like to frequent.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask your new neighbors, or even people in the grocery store where the local “hangout” or good restaurants are.  Sometimes only the locals can turn you on to a hidden gem in your new city!

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Answered by Cory, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on December 8, 2016

Hi there! How exciting, congratulations! There are so many resources out on the world wide web you could take advantage of. Look into some professional groups that may have chapter meetings in your new area. There are usually community sport teams you could try to get involved in- visit the local recreation center or again give it a google search. I would ask your new employer if they have suggestions for towns to live nearby or how to get involved in the surrounding community. Have fun and good luck!

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