Hey Lifehacker, Myself and my partner are about to move states (Queensland to Victoria), and I'm worried that we have chosen the wrong time to move but I can't change anything now. We have left our jobs and are moving around Christmas time, and have initially organised to house sit for three weeks via a website. Our main concern is that it might be harder to find homes throughout the Christmas holidays and that finding jobs around this time might be an issue as well. Should we be worried? Thanks, OTM
Moving times are never ideal. There are likely to be more people seeking house sitters at Christmas, but other sources of accommodation are under pressure. Three weeks doesn't really give you a lot of time to find permanent accommodation, so the clock is definitely ticking.
If you have sufficient money saved up to get by for the time being, I'd prioritise finding a house first and worry about your occupation second — the last thing you want to do is be constantly moving between temporary abodes (or worse; turfed out into the streets with nowhere to go but back home). That said, you should naturally keep an eye out for job vacancies too and squeeze in as many interviews as you can in-between house hunting.
If you need to find employment fast, cast your net as far and wide as possible. Full time work can be tricky during the Christmas holiday period, but a casual position might be easier if you're not too choosy about your field. It shouldn't be too hard to find temporary work in retail or hospitality, for example. Update your resume to highlight any experience you have in these areas, even if it's from years ago.
The main advice we can impart to you is to be persistent and explore as many options as possible! If worrying will galvanise you into action, then yes; start worrying.
Also take the time to peruse our Moving and Job Search tags for an assortment of in-depth guides and useful tips. If any readers have additional advice of their own, let OTM know in the comments section below.
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