/ Asked by Deana
Hello, I am relocating to another state and need to know when I should let my current employer know of my plans? Also when do I begin to apply for positions? Thank you
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 6, 2016
Congratulations on your move.  You should go ahead and advise your current employer as soon as possible.  Approach it from the standpoint of you want to be professional and give them as much notice as possible and help with any necessary transition.  They should appreciate your being proactive and willingness to help during the transition.  Regarding applying for new positions, again I would begin applying right away.  When you begin interviewing, though, you should be clear with any prospective employers about the time frame in which you would be available to start work.  If you have a strong relationship with the leaders at your current employer, they should be willing to work with you in the event you get a new job faster than you expected to.
Answered by Max, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Friday, May 6, 2016
This is a great question that Steve answered very well. Just to add a little more, I would be sure to update your resume with your new address. If you do not know your new address yet, make sure it is clear that you will be moving to that area. 

And I would start applying right away. The interviewing and on-boarding process can take some time that you would have otherwise wasted if you waited until you moved. Good luck in your job search!
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, May 9, 2016
Hi there,
It is best to let your current employer know about your plans to relocate as soon as you can. In situations like this, it is important to maintain a professional outlook and providing your employer with ample time to backfill your position is a good way of doing so. I would also recommend searching for a new position as soon as you know you're moving. However, if you're a year out or so, I would focus on networking, rather than applying for specific positions. If you're moving within the next 2 months, I'd recommend you start applying now. Best of luck!
Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Congrats on your move! When possible, it’s best to give your current employer at least a 2 week notice that you’re leaving. This will allow them to being preparing for your departure and also begin looking for your replacement. With regards to applying to new positions, I would advise you to start applying as soon as you know when your move date is.  If you aren’t planning to move for 6+ months, you might wait until 6-8 weeks before your move, just so you’ll be available should a new employer wish to have you onsite for an interview. Assuming you can’t/don’t want to be without employment too long, the quicker you get your resumes out there, the quicker you can start interviewing. Good luck!
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