If you are moving to the United States from another country, there are many great things to look forward to – and some things that you just won’t expect! Take a look at this fun list.
1. Portion sizes are much bigger in the U.S. than in most other parts of the world. You may be shocked at the size of restaurant plates you get when you first move, but you’ll appreciate those larger portions eventually (and come to expect such sizes!).
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2. Credit scores are important. The credit rating system in the U.S. is not like systems elsewhere – you need to have a good credit score, and that score is based on your ability to obtain and maintain credit. This system can be confusing at first!
3. You will see American flags throughout most cities, towns, and on many front lawns.
4. Customer services goes above and beyond. Sales people in stores are more than willing to help you find anything that you need, so just ask!
5. Mega stores like Walmart Super Centers are full of items that you can buy for a very small price – stock up!
6. Fitness is important. You will see runners, hikers, walkers, yogis, and plenty of other sports enthusiasts outside on a regular basis. You will also see countless gyms strewn throughout most cities and towns.
7. Football rules – and, no, I’m not talking about soccer! In the U.S. football season is huge, so pick a team and start getting into the game.
8. Sweet things. A lot of foods contain sweeteners like bar-b-que sauce on ribs or sweetened salmon filets. Desserts are sweet too, of course!
9. Most people travel by car here, and most families have one or two cars. In some cities, walking is the way to go (like New York City!), but cars are still more popular in many towns than public transportation.
10. Public transportation in smaller towns can be non-existent, so you will need that car!
11. Most people do not carry cash. Everywhere you go in the U.S. (almost), you can pay with some kind of a card. Whether it’s a debit or credit card, it’s rare to find a retailer that doesn’t take some type of card as a form of payment, so don’t worry about carrying cash!
12. Nature is important – especially in Colorado. The U.S. (as a country and as a whole) takes great care when it comes to preserving nature, and keeping state parks clean and debris free. Enjoy hiking trails and mountaintops, but make sure to put your trash in its place.
13. The U.S. is big! Some states are the same size as whole countries in other parts of the world, and it will take some time to drive across the U.S. (but it’s a fun adventure).
Getting Here Is Easy
If you have a working visa or some other kind of visa, getting to Colorado is simple with the help of Exodus Moving and Storage, your Colorado moving company. We offer full service moving help from moving long distance to packing up your things to getting that large piece of furniture through the door. We also have large storage spaces in both Fort Collins and Denver, so you can store anything that you can’t move into your new place with the help of your Colorado moving company.
You will find many differences between your currently country and the U.S., and our advice is to relish those things, and enjoy the experience! The United States is like no other country on earth, and that can be a very good thing. We know that you will love this country, and we also know that you will love Colorado. Give us a call today for moving details about your Colorado moving company, and additional information about moving long distance that you want to know!
Sometimes you just need a change of pace. That’s when it’s a good idea to pack your bags and move to another state, city, or country. But moving (whether moving long distance or a short distance) comes with the responsibility of finding a job, and that can mean learning to become a great interview subject. If you need some help with your next interview, take a look at these tips.
1. Read about the company. So many people show up for job interviews without knowing anything about the company they are interviewing for. This is a mistake, since the person interviewing you will likely ask you what you know about the company.
2. Have questions ready. You will be asked if you have any questions, and the only wrong answer is, “no!” Think about the things that you want to know more about, and ask those questions. You can ask strategic questions, but it’s always better to ask honest questions.
3. Figure out what you’re really good at, and then come up with examples that demonstrate what you’re good at. Try and figure out what your good qualities are, and make sure that you talk about how you can use those qualities towards the new job position.
4. Figure out your faults. Everyone has some bad things happening. The person interviewing you will ask you what your downfalls are, and you should have those things prepare – and make sure that they are real weaknesses too, you are human!
5. Follow-up. After your interview, call or email to see what the verdict is, but make sure that you wait at least one week.
6. Find out why you didn’t get the job. If someone doesn’t want to hire you, that’s okay. But, make sure to find out why you didn’t’ get the job. Was someone more qualified? Knowing why you weren’t selected will help you better prepare for your next interview. If you got the job, great!
7. Go on as many interviews as possible. You know what they say: practice makes perfect! The more interviews you go on, the better you will be at interviewing. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll have a few callbacks in no time.
8. Remember that everyone is nervous – even the person interviewing you! You never know, the person interviewing you may be really nervous too. Just act like your usual self, take deep breaths, and answer questions to the best of your ability. If you don’t get this job, there will be another one around the corner.
Getting Ready to Move
Now that you know how to ace your interviews, you have to get where you want to go. Exodus Moving and Storage, your Colorado moving company, can help you there! We offer full service moving solutions for any move large or small. We can even help you move an office if you want to start your own business when you get here. In addition, we have large storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins, so you can store anything that you can’t move into your new place. We know that moving long distance can be somewhat intimidating (especially when it means finding a new job!), but we can help with the actual moving of your boxes and things.
We also offer free estimates, so call us today to find out how much it will cost you to move to where you want to go. Whether you’re moving to Colorado or away from Colorado, Exodus Moving and Storage is a Colorado moving company that’s here for you. We also want to know: what was the hardest interview question that you were ever asked? Or, have you been on the other side of the desk? Do you have any tips for our readers? Leave a note on our Colorado moving company blog, and we’ll get back to you!
It is officially the first cold day in Colorado, which is not necessarily the best weather to be moving in. However, since Colorado’s weather is so unpredictable you can’t exactly decide on which day is going to be good and which days going to be bad until it is the day of, or within an hour of what you want. However, you can get a general idea on what the weather is going to be like by tightening your move to coincide with seasons that are generally considered nicer.
Okay, so you can always pick and choose when you need to move. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that force you to move from one place to another with very little notice or decision upon when you want to move. However, if you have the ability to do so then you should definitely plan to move either late spring, anytime during the summer, or early fall. As you can clearly see, once you find yourself in fall, some days just turned to crap.
For example, take a place like Fort Collins. Moving to Fort Collins is one of the easier places to move to an Colorado because of its convenient location next to I 25 and its relative ease of access when it comes to the layout of the roads. However, being a northern city in Colorado means that they suffer a little bit more from inclement weather. In this case, you’ll want to definitely try to make a move before early fall. Once October rolls around the city can be covered in snow at any point because of its close proximity to the type of whether you would see in Wyoming. Fort Collins is only about 50 miles south of the Wyoming border which is a hop skip and a jump for most clouds. It’s up to you to blend these types of endeavors to coincide with the move that you want to do. If you don’t have the option, then it’s totally understandable that you would need to make a move in the middle of winter. It’s not the best time and the weather can cause some serious problems if there is any snow on the ground, but even still you should be able to make it work. If you can choose however, make the right choice and get it done during the summer. You will thank yourself for doing so.
The safety of your belongings is the only goal of a residential moving company. Don’t believe me? We’ll think about it for a minute. What is the purpose of a residential moving company? It is to move you into your new home and to get all of your belongings to their new location. These belongings are essentially the only reason that the moving company has been hired. So, without the common sense of keeping your belongings safe, the moving company essentially becomes useless.
Your goal when hiring a moving company should be to find one whose goals are exactly this. To keep your belongings safe while they’re being transported and to ensure that they reach their final destination in perfect condition. The only way for you to tell which companies are going to do this for you is to look up reviews. Many people after having a service performed by a business like to go online and give it a review. To say whether their experience was good or bad is just too simple. Most people like to give some sort of explanation as to why their service was good or bad.
This may take up a little bit more of your reading time, but it’s extremely good for researching which company you want to move you. Sure, you could go and hire any old moving company that claims to be full service to move you from one place to another, but you have that doubt in the back of your mind that something is going to happen to your belongings. If you look up the moving companies that you want, say for example a Colorado moving company like Exodus, you will find reviews stating how good they were or how bad they were on that particular move.
Something to remember though is that a lot of people like to complain more than they do reward. A particular moving company may have a stellar record but online, there may be one or two people who are complaining about them. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and that’s exactly the same for reviewing. My recommendation is to take everything that you read with a grain of salt, but tried to glean the good information from it. If there are quite a few negative reviews, you might want to stay away. If there are some good and some bad then taking a closer look at the company may be worth your time.