I have had lot of SEO/Internet marketing friends that have lost jobs or changed jobs and then had to move far away to a new job. There is often a lot of panic, stress, and worry. Recently, Alan Bleiweiss announced that he was moving back to California and changing his career path.
I know him personally and know that this is his second job move in the past 12-18 months. I saw that he handled the first move really well and is handling the latest job change with a smile on his face.
I contacted him for some suggestions on job changing, moving, and preparation. I think he offers some solid advice for anyone in any industry.
You have made some major moves in the last year moving from California to Washington? And now back to CA?
Yep – 750 miles north coming to Washington, and now, over 1,000 moving south, to Santa Monica. Except this isn’t my first time to the rodeo! I’ve moved many times over my adult life following my unique path. Heck – just since getting into the Internet Marketing industry (January 1995), I’ve moved:
Santa Cruz, California to Long Island, New York. Then to L.A. Back to Long Island. Back to L.A. Up to the SF Bay Area. Back to Long Island. Then to Brooklyn. Then back to the SF Bay Area. And then last year up to Washington State, and now, once again, back to SoCal!
Most of those moves involved driving. Only a couple were by air.
What are some tips that you could give people on what to consider/do before they make the move?
1. Know Your Personality Type
Stress is inevitable in a major geographic, career, or just about any move. Moving on the scale I do is considered right up there as one of the biggest life stressors many people will ever face. Also, this needs to be evaluated for anyone else moving with you if you’re not going it alone.
You either have a “road trip” personality, or you don’t. If you do, a major move can be a lot more exciting than stressful. I’m not saying there’s no stress in a move when you’ve got that “let’s pile into the car and go somewhere we’ve never been before” mentality. Just that you’re likely to have less stress. So the first thing to consider is “know your personality.”
2. Employ Techniques to Reduce Stress
Regardless of the potential for stress, mitigate that potential with whatever methods you know of or are willing to learn as far as meditation, visualization, relaxation, prayer, and having people in your life to be able to just talk it out with who won’t judge you but instead will provide you detached, valid feedback. Because with any or all of those in your “move mentality” arsenal, the experience is much more likely to go well, regardless of ultimate long-term outcome.
Of course, the more likely you are to be stressed by such a move, the more you’ll need to rely on those techniques and channels to help get you through.
3. Learn and Live “HALT”
This one is great before, during, and in the short-term after a move. HALT stands for “Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.” If you’re any one of those four things in the process (or at any point in life, really), you are vulnerable to psychological or emotional stress implosions. As soon as you have any two or more of those going at once, the potential for an implosion or outburst becomes exponentially more likely.
Simply by knowing how to look for those signals (the sooner in the process, the better), you know how to resolve at least the short term, immediate factors involved. It won’t solve all your problems, however it will allow you to better focus, be more present, and show up for the work in front of you.
4. Have a Plan.