It seems like once people find a school or a team they like, they stay. Chances are, if you’re a young sports professional, you’re going to have to move to climb the ladder.
Within a year, I moved halfway across the country … twice. Growing up as a Navy brat, I was used to moving every three years. But it’s a little different as an adult. Here are a few tips to make your next move a little easier:
1. Ask for a moving allowance, then be prepared to be taxed on your reimbursement at the end of the year. Remember that anything the moving allowance doesn’t cover you can still claim on your taxes, SO SAVE THOSE RECEIPTS!
2. Go through your stuff. My family is full of hoarders and if I hadn’t moved three times in three years, I would probably fall in line with them. There’s no use taking stuff you don’t use, so donate it, get a receipt from the organization you’re donating to, and get another tax credit!
3. End on a high note with your current team. Make sure to say your goodbyes. If you’re really smart, you will bribe your co-workers with pizza and beer to help you pack.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for moving help from your new team. We’ve all been there. Moving within two weeks is rough. Once you find a place, you will still need furniture, people to help you unload, and maybe even someone to grab your keys before the leasing office closes. Don’t be afraid to ask for some help because I’m sure your new co-workers either could have used it or got help themselves when they were in your shoes.
5. After you’ve settled in for a few weeks, reach back out to your previous co-workers and check in on them. Make sure to keep an open line of communication with everyone who has helped you along your path. While you’re at it, update your resume. After a few weeks you should have an idea of what you’ll be doing. It’s always beneficial to have an updated resume because it’s important to...
6. NETWORK IN YOUR NEW LOCATION. Search the local chamber of commerce and see if they have a young professionals group. Look on your alma mater’s website for an alum club in the area. Do what you need to do to make this new place your home. It’s always nice to have some professional friends in the area because they know all the good shopping places, best happy hours and best food. Plus, they may be instrumental in your new role.
Moving can be stressful. Change is tough. But remember, better things are ahead.