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Relocating for a new job

Relocating for a job and moving to a different country can be incredibly exciting but unfortunately can also be highly stressful! At Quest we have placed numerous candidates into roles overseas and have extensive experience in this area. Follow our guide to relocation and make sure you haven’t overlooked any aspect of your move.

The first thing to do is to speak to your new employer’s HR department and find out what kind of relocation assistance you are entitled to. Understandably this varies greatly from company to company but at the very least they should be able to offer help with:

  • Moving costs
  • Temporary lodging costs
  • Travel costs back home if you relocate before your family moves
  • Job search assistance for your spouse (this could include job search reimbursements, referrals to a recruiter and arranging interviews inside the company)
  • Assistance with selling your house


You should do as much research as you can on the area you’re moving to. The internet is obviously a great source of information: expatriate blogs and discussion forums are a good way of gaining information from those in the same situation as yourself who have made a successful move. You can also gather information on relocation and cultural differences from the country’s UK embassy or your local library.

To make your move easier, we’ve provided a list of things you will need to consider & agencies you will need to notify of your move.

  • Your Bank and/or Building Society
  • Your household insurance company
  • Your utilities providers: Gas, Electricity, Water, Internet, Phone etc
  • Your local authority
  • Your credit card issuer
  • Your vehicle breakdown company
  • The TV Licensing agency
  • Your doctor and dentist
  • DVLA
  • Your child’s school (if applicable)
  • Magazine subscriptions & clubs/societies
  • Your previous employer
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