Job Search Time Increases

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Apr 26

March’s unemployment dropped to 4.4% — but the average time a job seeker remained unemployed increased from 16.4 weeks in February to 17.3 weeks in March.

Over at Career Hub, Brian Weis provided six steps to a simple job search game plan — and they are all good and I’d go there to take a look.

I’d add another one for the job search plan — increase your savings to account for the increase in job search time. After all, seventeen weeks to a new job — on average — means having to survive on your savings if you are laid off for a total of 4+ months. Do you have take home pay, including the ability to pay for COBRA health insurance for 4+ months?

In today’s marketplace, having the financial backing to search for a job — the right job — is a great reliever of stress. Financials in place allow you to systematically look for a position that is right for you.

Behind all six steps of a simple job search game plan are finances that let you do the the work to find the right job. And not desperate for any job.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

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