Starting New, Starting Now

There comes a time in every person’s life where they are at a crossroads. Maybe your job is sucking out your soul, maybe your apartment, house or town is getting a little too small for you. It may be time to head west, young man (or east, or young woman... or whatever.) We here at Terrific.IT made the move to New Orleans without the help of the Internet, but in this day and age that’s just preposterous. Nowadays, there are websites galore with tips on moving house efficiently, tools to help you discover how much rental prices are in a new neighborhood or town, and job search sites so you can land a job wherever you end up.

Once you decide where you may want to plant new roots, you can find out how much rent you’re going to be paying in your new ‘hood by using Zillow. Zillow lists high and low rental estimates by neighborhood, so you can see what sort of price range places are going for where you want to move. Zillow determines it’s monthly rental estimates by factoring in public property data and information about similar properties for rent in the neighborhood. The only downside to Zillow is that its estimates are limited to how much data they’ve collected for a given neighborhood. If you’re feeling charitable, you can upload rental price information about your neighborhood to Zillow so they have more data to work with. (Via Lifehacker)

Now that you’ve decided where you’re moving to, you’re going to have to actually physically transport all your crap belongings. Did you know that it’s been said that moving is one of the most stressful things that people can go through, right after divorce and the death of a loved one? Check out Passionate Homemaking’s list of tips to make moving somewhat less devastating to your psyche. One of the best ideas on their list is to mark boxes carrying essential items with red tape so you know to unpack them first. It’s hard to believe we didn’t think of that one already, but alas, effective packing is not our area of expertise. (Via Lifehacker)

Finding a job in your newly adopted home should be next on your list of to-dos (or first, depending on how you roll.) Both Lifehacker and Mashable have created lists of the best job search websites so you don’t have to figure that part out on your own. Sites like LinkUp and Indeed have tens of thousands of job listings that are searchable by industry and location. LinkUp even allows you to set up notifications when a job in your industry and area becomes available, and Indeed has been referred to as the Google of job searches. Both Mashable and Lifehacker mention LinkedIn and Monster as good options for finding your next job, so it's reasonable to assume that those are worthwhile resources as well.

Now that you know where to start, it’s time to go! Spread your wings, take the plunge, get out there! You may just find the place and/or the job for which you’ve always been searching.

(Photo via One Little Tri Girl)

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