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New Grad. New Job. New City.

July 2, 2013

One of the benefits of our partnership with GEICO is an exchange of resources and career advice. This blog is written by Shannon Smedstad, GEICO Careers Blogger, and the guide below will help any new graduate working for GEICO or any company begin their career on the right foot. 

Would you relocate across the country for a new job? Many college students are willing to move for the right position after graduation. The speed at which graduating, moving and starting a new job can be quite overwhelming! So, here is a checklist to assist you in organizing your big move.


  • First, decide if you want (and can afford) to live on your own or if you want to find a roommate. The more roommates you have, typically the more affordable the rent. Roommate websites and local, online newspapers are good places to start.
  • Ask your company’s HR department for apartment guides, talk to other new hires that have recently moved, drive around potential neighborhoods, research locations online, and tour apartments before signing any lease.
  • Some apartment complexes might waive security deposits for employees of certain local employers. Check with your new employer and/or leasing office to see if such discounts are available.


  • Chances are you’ll want to start saving money now to pay for future moving expenses. Potential costs include flights, a moving van, gas, movers, hand trucks and/or boxes.
  • Recruit friends and family to help load (and unload) a moving van.
  • Some apartment complexes may require you to schedule your move date and a block of time to use the loading dock. Check with the leasing office about moving procedures.
  • Remember to save your moving-related receipts and track your mileage, as these expenses may be tax deductible.


  • Consider moving a few weeks prior to your actual start date to get acclimated.
  • Get yourself a map and GPS! Both will help as you navigate around your new city, and hopefully keep you from getting (too) lost.
  • Learn the best route to work – ask other employees, research routes online, and practice driving to the office during rush hour to time your commute.
  • Locate the necessities: the closest grocery store, post office, bank/ATM, gas station, coffee shop, convenience store, dentist and/or doctor.

Relocating is a great way to meet new people and expand your horizons. Many companies offer relocation assistance to new graduates who may be relocating for work. You’ll want to talk to HR about their policies and relocation programs, and see how they may be able to help you.

Realize that it is going to take a few months to find your niche, and those months might not be the greatest, which is why you need to really like your job. Once you find your spot in the new city, you’ll love it and be happy you moved.

Ready to apply to a GEICO leadership program? Visit Deltasigs can also connect directly with Debra Mienke-Pence, GEICO’s dedicated DSP recruiter, on either Facebook or LinkedIn.

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