Professional's Guide to Moving Abroad

 So, you’ve got a job working abroad? Well, good for you! You now have a unique opportunity to get to know another culture. Moving abroad is bound to spiritually and mentally enrichen almost any (wo)man. However, it also comes with its own share of potential problems. Because of that, we’ve prepared a guide that should help you out a great deal when moving abroad. Read on to find out more.

Globalization

20 years ago, there were much less young professionals working abroad. As the communication possibilities were more limited, there used to be less workers sent by their companies to work in another country. Not only that, but the professionals who did get sent were usually very professional. They were experienced workers whose bosses could rest assured knowing that the job is in the right hands.

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Today, the number of young professionals that are moving abroad has significantly increased. And these workers no longer need to be seasoned professionals. The workers that move abroad range from entry-level beginners to highly respected executives. This practice underlines a new approach for companies. Most of them are trying to globalize. While they still have some local representation, they’re primarily thinking in terms of the entire region. That’s why more and more young professionals are getting the opportunity to work abroad. If you’re one of them, we’re here to assist you with this helpful guide.

Hiring the right moving company will help you out a lot

For people who are moving abroad, enlisting the help of a good moving company is highly recommended. Among other things, such a company would also greatly help you with packing and transporting your things. However, you shouldn’t hire just any company, as many movers provide inadequate service for an unrealistically high price. A good moving company is both affordable and reliable.

So, if you value your money and your nerves, you should find such a company. If you’re moving to or from France, then your search should already be over, as Activmoving has got you covered. Instead of having to somehow transport all of your things abroad on your own, you can rely on experienced professionals who know what they are doing. For example, if you own any works of art, then you’re probably (rightfully) afraid that they might damaged during the move. 

However, moving professionals know what the right procedure is when moving works of art. You don’t have to worry if anything will happen to your art pieces. These people have moved works of art so many times that they know all there is to know about the process. And if you’re a young professional that is moving from the US abroad, you can use an online database such as the Master Moving Guide in order to find the right company. That way, you’ll be able to find a high-quality moving company that is properly licensed and insured. What’s more, you’ll also be able to get a free moving estimate.

Preparing for moving abroad

Once you’ve found the right moving company, it’s time to make some preparations before moving. You shouldn’t do everything at the last minute, so it’s a good idea to prepare for your move abroad in advance.

Know what visa requirements are in place

For starters, just to be on the safe side you should double-check the visa requirements. As a young professional, your company will probably be dealing with that side of your relocation. Still, it can be useful to know such things for yourself. Workers at the airport sometimes get confused in terms of specific visa requirements. However, if you’ve done proper research, you should be able to straighten them out easily.

Let your bank know that you're moving abroad

If you own one or more credit/debit cards (and we’re sure that you do), speak with your bank’s representative and tell them that you’re moving abroad. If you don’t speak with the bank’s representative personally, there’s a chance that the bank will put an alert on just one of your cards, while disregarding all the other ones.

This might lead to you getting locked out of your account right after moving. That’s definitely not pleasant even if it happens in your own country, and when you’re a stranger in a strange land – double so.

Know what your relocation contract entails

Be sure to learn exactly what can you expect from your company when it comes to financial assistance. If you’re unsure, you can ask your designated relocation consultant if you have one.

If you don’t, then you can ask someone from your company’s human resources office.
Knowing both what the company’s budget for your relocation is, and what the expected costs of living in your new country are means that you will have all the information that might be necessary to negotiate with your company. Your company wants you to be satisfied, and if you rightfully believe that the relocation package is not substantial enough, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to get a better deal. And if you’re the one handling international relocation of your employee, try to give them the best deal you can. After all, a happy worker is a good worker!

Some other things to have in mind

Apart from these things, we’ll also briefly discuss what else can you do in order to prepare yourself for moving abroad.

  • If there are some products that you love, but you know that you can’t get them abroad, you can stock up before leaving.
  • Have some money set aside for emergencies. You never know what can happen. Maybe an ATM will eat your card, or something even worse could happen.
  • If you’re not ready to move in your new home as soon as you arrive, consider renting a storage service. That way, your things will be safe and ready for when you need them.
  • Check if your card has foreign transaction fees. Such cards will drain you of money easily, so try to find one with no foreign transaction fees.
  • After moving abroad, you can lock yourself out of social media accounts if you don’t link your accounts to your new number. So don’t forget to do that unless you want to waste time dealing with technical support.

What not to do before moving abroad

Finally, there’s one thing that you shouldn’t do before moving abroad. People who rent apartments or houses before seeing them often regret this. Maybe the neighborhood is bad, or the apartment is old and unkempt. If you have a chance to travel to your new country before moving, use your time there to scout for homes. However, if you can’t do that, then it’s a good idea to stay at a friend’s place or at a hotel before finding the right property. As for your things, we already mentioned that you can rent a storage unit. With the right company like Activmoving, your things are bound to be kept safe until you’re ready to move into your new home.