Every one of us has at least once dreamed of completely changing our life. And moving to another city or even another country is one of the first things that comes to mind here. If you happen to be thinking about this kind of scenario right now (or even if you’re not), this article is for you. Today we want to share with you some thoughts and advice about relocation issues, and how you can change your life for the better.
First of all, yes – it really is the case that some employers give candidates the chance to move to another city or country to join their ranks. At TheSoul Publishing, we have our own video production studios, and we offer successful candidates the opportunity to move to one of them. Right now, Limassol (Cyprus) is our available option for relocation.
After lots of conversations with candidates and our employees who relocated, we want to tell you this: it’s okay if you have a huge bunch of things in your head that you need to think about. But normally, the first emotional reaction you’ll have if you get a job offer with relocation included is something like this: “OH MY GOD, IT LOOKS AMAZING!” And it’s highly likely then your answer will sound something like this: “Yeah, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do! I’ll move! Now! Today! Tomorrow! Where’s my suitcase?!” There’s no doubt that an offer of this kind represents an awesome opportunity to acquire new experience, skills, contacts and so on.
But after your emotions have subsided, a lot of everyday practical questions will arise. Let’s discuss them.
1. Where to live, and what about all those documents and formal issues?
“I have so many questions to think about, and on top of all this I’ve got to find a house,” you might say. To help you out in the first few weeks, employers often provide you with company housing – and at TheSoul Publishing, this means comfortable accommodation for 2-4 weeks. We also provide every employee who relocates with all the information they need: what types of accommodation exist, where it’s better to look, the possible renting options, some valuable contacts, etc.
It’s very important to know that you won’t be alone, and if you are offered the opportunity to relocate, the company will help you (TheSoul Publishing will, absolutely!). Moreover, our approach includes individual communication with every employee during the moving process to be sure that all issues are resolved. The same applies to dealing with all formal issues involving documents. We will help you manage these things in a prompt and direct way, so you won’t get confused trying to deal with bureaucracy on your own.
2. Family? Wife, husband? Children? Dog? Parrot?
Of course, before you do anything else, you should discuss all the potential changes with your family and tell them about all the opportunities which will be available not only for you but for everyone else as well (the key point to tell them: “just imagine…This could be a completely new stage in our life!”).
In our company, the opportunity to move comfortably with all your family members are a right. Your closest relatives don’t have to worry – everything will be okay, we will help you take care of things, and will also provide advice on the best ways to resolve any issues relating to the move for any member of your family.
3. Personal items: what to take, how to take it, and what’s important?
We know it can be a little confusing working out what things to take with you. Firstly, you need to remember that whatever you do, you’ll be limited to a certain amount of kilos set by the airline (we will try to pick one offering the most suitable conditions for you).
Don’t try to take everything all in one go. Practice shows that you really don’t need that much stuff anyway. And there’s a way to help you set priorities when selecting your belongings for the move: first do a little visual research about the company and the city. Studying companies’ photos with people in them can be useful in helping you get a better feel for the general lifestyle.
As for TheSoul Publishing, we have no dress code, and no restrictions on the way you look – you’re completely free to be yourself. You can also check pictures of the locals on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook to see what they usually wear during a certain season (plus you can look at weather forecasts for the year). Become a bit of a spy and research open-source information.
4. Doesn’t it cost millions to move?! I don’t know how much money I’ll need to live out there. What shops should I go to?
Take a deep breath – don’t worry. If you’re moving to a new country to work with us, we’ll provide you with some comparisons and basic information about these issues. And it’s also very important to remember if you’re worrying about these things: you’re not going to be doing your new job on your own – you’ll become part of an amazing team! At TheSoul Publishing, we have lots of very supportive people, and some of them have been in the exact same position as you in terms of relocation. So they will tell you all the secrets – don't even hesitate to ask. And of course, you can find out plenty of things by looking through vlogs on YouTube, community pages on social media, forums and so on, where people who’ve relocated share their experiences.
5. “I won’t see my friends and I’ll become Mr. Lonely”
First of all, we live in an online era where new methods of communication appear every day. A lot of different online activities can help you to spend meaningful time with your friends and ward off the sense of feeling uprooted and lonely. And you can always invite your friends and relatives to come visit so you can show them your new life. Moreover, you’re going to meet a bunch of cool new people, so a whole new circle of friends awaits you.
6. What about living in a different linguistic environment? What if nobody understands me?
It’s really not so scary. Believe us, if you have already got an offer from TheSoul Publishing, your English has already been checked and you are ready to communicate with others (we have a global team, so English is a must). But of course, it can be still a little bit nerve-racking, so you might want to find ways to support yourself and take some language classes with native speakers. Another option is to join some communities and chats where people communicate with each other in order to improve their language skills. Don’t be shy, be proactive, and just talk! It won’t take you a long time to find success.
7. And all the other “What if…?” questions
“What if I don’t pass the probationary period? What If I don’t like the experience? What if…?!” Just stop! It’s all for the best, and it's always better to regret doing something than regret having done nothing…But we’re 100% sure you won’t regret it – because it will be awesome! It’s going to be an unforgettable ride that will change your life for the better and fill it with new, fantastic experiences, unforgettable moments, and new amazing people.