Develop a contingency plan

One of the most common questions among job seekers. Obviously, there is no accurate or mathematical answer to this important question. Still, there is a scale used by professionals in the field of human resources and job search advice. The rule uses: approximately calculates the wait to find a job should be one month for every $ 10,000 annual salary. Or what is the same, if you are looking for work will pay about $ 40,000 annually, plans to wait about four months to get it.

Even just an estimate, I can help with the plan to stay positive during the search. But do not sleep on our laurels. The wait any longer does not mean that you get the job you go to report a higher salary. You can use this rule to know how much money you need to survive during months of searching. Prepare a budget of your monthly expenses, creates an Excel spreadsheet, and calculates the savings needed to avoid having to add another stressor to the search.

For example, according to employment statistics office (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the average number of weeks unemployed is 4 months. Between this data and the rule presented (one month waiting for every $ 10,000), you must be clear that the search for a new job is more like a marathon than a sprint. Although I would say, that looks even more like a decathlon-many hard and various tests. Keep positive energy and patience to complete your search.

Plan B

In any case, any job search strategy should include a contingency plan. If for example, you choose a professional salesperson work for a company like your main goal, you could opt to seek a temporary job as an assistant in a sales establishment. You can not only gain valuable experience with this position but also will help you save time for when the opportunity presents your dream job. To develop this plan, you think that could temporarily to other work you want to replace. For example, if your dream job is supervisor of construction, consider the option that if you will not find that work, could play other roles as an assistant or bricklayer. The important thing is to decide when to move to the second plan and what would be the minimum wage you would accept. Let’s continue with the same example: Carlos Garcia, supervisor with over 10 years experience in construction, just lost your job through no fault of their performance issues. Carlos has decided to seek another position of supervisor in their city. But Carlos recognizes that, according to the rule of $ 10,000 per month, could take up to 6 months to find a new job. So he decides to draw up a contingency plan: if after three months it has failed to find a job supervisor, request mason work by establishing a minimum of $ 25,000. For Carlos, having created this plan gives you a bit more quiet as it has made clear that if after 3 months not get the ideal job, will choose to seek a temporary job to gain time.

Remember that your strategy should include the following factors: dream job, estimated waiting time (use the rule of $ 10,000 per month), work options, and minimum wage that would be willing to accept.