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Trailing Spouse

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Nearly one million Americans relocate for purposes of a job each year. And over 75% of those are married, according to the Employee Relocation Council.
So what happens to the spouse in this situation?
The decision to move means leaving family, friends, maybe even a career behind. But most spouses are willing to take the plunge for a career opportunity or happiness for their 'better half'. Many corporations understand this and try to compensate for the inconvenience. As a matter of fact, relocation assistance is often used as a recruiting tool. For some it includes a bonus, arranging job interviews for the spouse, flying the whole family back and forth to visit the area or even moving a wine collection. However, even after the perks, there are some things that the trailing spouse will have to adjust to.
While the transferee is submerged into the new environment as an employee, the trailing spouse may have to handle the issues of finding a home, getting the kids in school, making new friends and adjusting.
Here are some things that a trailing spouse may want to consider during this transition:
 - What are your long-term career goals? Click here to find jobs available in your new city. Otherwise, contact the local Chamber of Commerce, register with employment agencies, ask for referrals from friends, family, and your current boss or get to know people in the neighborhood for possible leads. You may even want to try your hand at entrepreneurship and develop a career you can take anywhere!
 - Do you have any personal needs for fulfillment? Some of these needs could include, donating time to a non-profit organization, starting a new hobby or advancing your education. This is a great way to reach out in your community and meet new people.
 - Are there any family responsibilities you need to take care of? In regards to healthcare or finances, for example. Click here to read our informative articles on Helping Kids Move and tips for the Sandwich Generation.
Answering these questions will help the trailing spouse to determine what's most important during this stage of their life. The spouse’s human resources department might have a special program to direct them in finding organizations or support groups. It's also important to attend activities where they can become acquainted with other trailing spouses.
Moving is said to be one of the top five stress producers, but if the trailing spouse can communicate and take things one step at a time, they will be the prevailing spouse!
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