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10 Tips for Managing Temporary Jobs Assignments

Author: K.C. Roads

Though most Americans will move at least twice during their lives, there are a number of professionals who face frequent job relocations. If you’re in the military, you’ll most likely face a job relocation every two years, while other professionals work short-term contracts or seek out seasonal work that involves multiple moves every year. And while this lifestyle can lead you to new places and new people, without smart planning and a healthy dose of common sense, it can also take its toll on you financially, physically and emotionally.

Keep these tips in mind to stay sane during frequent job relocations.

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  1. Get reimbursed for relocation expenses when possible. Discuss relocation expenses with your employer to maximize your chances of being reimbursed. Any job relocation is expensive and if frequent moves are part of your employment description, it’s highly likely that your employer will make provisions to help you out with the costs.
  2. Go national. Use a national bank and insurance carrier so you can handle your affairs anywhere, no matter where your job relocation takes you.
  3. Be a repeat customer. Choose a relocation service you like and use them for each move. That way, you’ll be more relaxed because you’ll be familiar with their procedures. In addition, using the same relocation services multiple times will most likely get you discounts on your moving expenses.
  4. Stay mobile. Have easily transportable items in your home, and don’t throw away moving boxes. If you own items that are hard to move or delicate, leave them in storage or at your parents’ home until you settle down in one place.
  5. Streamline your reoccurring to-do list. Use automatic payments as often as possible for your regular bills such as insurance and phone bills. Program your electronic planner with electronic reminders for important deadlines such as your driver’s license renewal, car registration, dental visits, etc.

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  6. Update your emergency contacts. Always maintain an up-to-date listing of emergency contact numbers and addresses, and keep in contact with those people on a regular basis. Make sure to share this list with your employer and significant other.
  7. Get involved in your new community. Join a national chain of gyms and appropriate professional organizations so you can stay in shape and meet people wherever you go. And don’t be afraid to volunteer in your free time to meet your new community members in an easy way that’s positive and efficient.
  8. Socialize. Use social networking through LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to your advantage. Don’t just stay in touch with old friends; get to know your new locale before you even get there!
  9. Stay in touch. Set aside time to visit, Skype, and keep in touch with your family so you’ll know what’s going on in their lives, even if you’re on the opposite coast.
  10. Bring reminders of home. Keep a reminder of your family home nearby, such as a photo, piece of furniture or a cabinet with items that remind you of where you come from. This will provide you with an emotional anchor to your personal roots.

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