Long before Microsoft held the tech fort in Washington, Boeing touched down. Rooted in tech, the Pacific Northwest has seen its share of hubs and does in fact boast the most jobs of the industry.
From the Big Apple to Apple’s HQ in California and Amazon’s orange smile in Washington State, the digital gold rush remains planted in the West. Not to be outdone, Google’s HQ and Microsoft square off as well in the Pacific Northwest. And like the Wild West, it’s a culture all its own.
There’s no shortage of jobs, though Seattle, WA – desperately seeking experienced talent - and Portland, OR – work from home (WFH) opportunities - ply their workers in wildly different ways. Here are a few trends to consider as you debate if you should stay or go:
Three Reasons to Make the Leap
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- Make a Local Connection - The Silicon Forest, a play on California’s Silicon Valley, can be a bit intimidating to those outside the tech arena. But with a robust community of like-minded locals, groups, and events, it’s easy to find your tribe. Not interested in group functions? Not to worry. Portland boasts an abundance of remote worker opportunities to suit any personality.
- Get Your Resume Tech-Ready – With the rise of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), be sure your resume is laser-focused for a smooth transition. Even if you’re moving with a job already in hand, it doesn’t hurt to keep your credentials sharp. If you’re moving with family, helping them get their resume ready can ease their transition and job search as well.
- A Move to the PacNW Can Mean Lower Relocation Costs – Why? No sales tax. Well, not in Portland. On the flip side, Seattle doesn’t have income state tax. Either way, your check’s just a little bit bigger in the NW.
TIME TO PUT A PLAN TOGETHER
So, you've negotiated a relocation package, but you can't just pack up without a plan. What should be the number one item on your to-do list for your big move?
- Create a Budget – Moving costs can add up quickly. Whether you’ve been offered relocation assistance or not, it’s a good idea to have a budget so you know what to expect and can plan for any contingencies and unforeseen issues during your move. Include everything involved in a move, including packing boxes within your budget. Other things to consider?
- Lodging and Meals (along the way)o Grocery bills. Don’t forget, you’ll also need lightbulbs, paper towels, batteries…all those little things which aren’t on your mind until you need them.
- Before You Can Stock Your Place, You Need to Find One – Finding Temporary or Rental Housing - While many companies offer temp housing until you can find more permanent placement, not everyone has that luxury. But, if the offer is made, take it.
- On the flip side, it can be difficult to find housing in an area you’re not familiar with, and can add to big move worries. However, there have been a few companies which have come online in the last few years to help with the housing search. One option, though, if you’re pressed for time is an AirBnB stay as many of them offer a discount for lengthier stays usually with a minimum of a month or more.
- Homeaway.com is another temporary rental option as is Sublet.com.
- Make All the Necessary Appointments as Soon as Possible - Try to organize your appointments and expected arrivals of furniture and such to happen on the same day or within a few consecutive days. This way, you can make your new boss aware of possible absences. They and their inbox will thank you.
- Start Building Your Network – Whether you’re looking to eventually by house, want to get setup in a new rental which offers a bit more permanence, or just want to know where the best restaurants are, and get settled into your new city, start building your network. Plenty of businesses offer get togethers at work, but consider building a network outside of your work life – go to meetups, attend local events, volunteer. Get in the habit of saying yes to new opportunities and activities. Making the effort can go a long way in enriching your new experience and helps to bring you more fully into experience your newfound digs.
There is so much which goes into a move, whether its state-to-state, city-to-city, across the country, or around the world. But having a plan, making connections, and communicating openly with your new boss can help take some of the stress off moving. And whether you’ve negotiated a relocation package or are coordinating it on your own, there are plenty of ways to keep your eye on the prize and relax once you get to the other side and settled into your new job.
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