Moving is an exciting time as you begin new opportunities.
Everything is new. In a new city you’ll have new favorite
restaurants, a new sports team to cheer on, a new grocery store,
new routines, new neighbors and new friends. In this section you’ll
find some tips and resources that hopefully make your transition as
seamless as possible, and help you get established and reconnected,
to make your new city feel like home.
The Portland Relocation Guide is designed to provide those new to the
Portland area with a wealth of information. And, as excited as you
may be with your relocation decision, it is still a challenge to settle
into any new community. With this article, I will share with you
my relocation tips, based on more than thirty books and extensive
personal experience, to smooth your adjustment into Portland.
LEARN ABOUT YOUR NEW CITY
You may find yourself lodged in a hotel or temporary housing until
your belongings arrive, and that’s a nice opportunity to become
familiar with Portland. The Portland Relocation Guide is the perfect
place to start learning about what this wonderful city has to offer. You
can also find additional information at the Chamber of Commerce,
the Visitor’s Center, hotels/motels/airports, real estate offices, and
PortlandReloGuide.com for additional resources.
A walking or bus tour, while fun for the whole family, actually serves
to help you become acclimated and learn about the city. You can also
visit local points of interest such as museums, parks and exhibits;
enjoy a concert; and try out restaurants featuring local cuisine. Check
out any services, activities or organizations that are of particular
interest to your family.
SPOUSE CAREER CONSIDERATIONS
One of the biggest challenges of moving is relocating a “second”
career. If you, as a spouse, are transferring your job to a home office,
then a computer, telephone, and email account may be all that you
will need to get started. However, if your job was not “portable,” you
might consider a new career, part-time or temporary employment, or
perhaps even start your own business.
Evaluate your skills, accomplishments and greatest strengths when
you are planning your next endeavor. A few resources to tap are
your spouse’s employer, local organizations, real estate offices with
“Partner Career Assistance Programs,” independent career counselors, your university/college alma mater and of course the local
employment websites. If you are searching for a job, start networking
by telling those you meet that you are looking.
If you have chosen to take a break from your career, consider
volunteering your time and talent. Volunteering to a charitable organization is a wonderful effort as well as a way to meet new people
and learn more about the community. Volunteer activities add depth
to résumés, but the experience needs to be documented so that the
service equates to business expertise. Before you again become fully
A Positive and Enriching Moving Experience Beverly D. Roman
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