Maybe you've got your sights set on being the next big disruptor in the tech industry. Maybe you got an offer you just couldn't refuse. Or maybe you're just tired of snow and sub-zero temperatures.

According to the Society of Human Resources Management, Americans relocate most often for career-related reasons. In a survey of those who had moved in the past year for a career, 48 percent saw an opportunity for skill-building and 43 percent did it for increased compensation. Millennials are most likely to be driven to a new location by long-term career prospects.

Whatever the reason, anyone who has packed up all of their possessions and moved to a new city to pursue a new career opportunity knows how scary it is. What if the job isn't what you'd expected, or you just don't fit with the office culture? And then there's being alone in an unfamiliar city, faced with the daunting prospect of making new friends and establishing a new professional network.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.