Job Search “Costs” – Weighing Your Options

Most of us tend to think twice when we face the possibility of spending our valuable and often-limited resources, whether cash, time or something else. If you’re considering a job search to find your next job, you know what I’m talking about!

I’ve touched on this topic before, but it keeps coming up, so I think it’s worth revisiting.

Limited Job Search Resources – Weigh Your Options

Dollar SignAre you independently wealthy, and do you have an army of assistants to take care of various tasks for you? I didn’t think so. If this description fitted you, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog post!

Recently I discussed having a support team to back you. This post takes a slightly different tack. You might have a wide range of resources that you could tap into for your next job search. That doesn’t mean you can realistically use all of them or even most of them. So how do you decide what to do about those limited resources to gain the biggest payoff for your job search?

You might start by considering ideas like these:

  • How easy or hard will it be for you to use a given resource? For example, is it fairly accessible to you–either electronically or in person? Are there time or distance limitations?
  • Is a specific resource renewable or will you use it up if you take advantage of it? Money comes readily to mind, but it’s not the only job search tool that isn’t unlimited and also isn’t necessarily easy to “renew” (replace).
  • Can you barter with someone else for use of a particular job search resource? If, for instance, you know someone who’s a whiz at doing videos and you want to do a cool video for use in your search, do you have something you can offer in return for the “loan” of that person’s ability?pros and cons, for and against argument concept

Of course, these don’t include all the possible options. You need to explore the situation fully to see what else makes sense. To paraphrase an old saying: Don’t leave a likely stone unturned!

Job Search Plan – Incorporate “Costs” into It

It should go without saying that you’ll be creating a job search plan, if you haven’t already–but I’ll say it anyway! Sometimes you can miss the obvious because you’re in a hurry to start moving toward your next/new job.

Focusing on only one or two resources can blind you to other opportunities. With a job search plan, you not only weigh your options more effectively but also ensure that you’re less likely to get tripped up by something you’re not paying enough attention to.

At a minimum, then, your job search plan should include both your job or career goals and the potential resources that can be most beneficial in achieving those goals. It could also incorporate a ratings chart to evaluate the goals and resources–their relative value or importance, usefulness, challenges, etc.Scale-Balance

You will increase the odds in your favor by weighing your job search options carefully and balancing emotion with logic to ensure the best outcome for your career growth and success.

P.S. I’m off to my business conference in Chicago next week (Tuesday-Friday), so I won’t be posting again for at least a week. However, I should be reachable by phone (508-263-9454) or email ( at least part of the time, if you need to contact me.

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