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career search time crunch

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None of us like to think about the fact that our job search may not progress as quickly as we think it will.

But the truth is that no matter how good of a networker we may be, we’re living in urgent times. That’s why you must have an A, B, C Plan.

Ask yourself, “Do I have a plan if I don’t find a new job as quickly as I expect?”

Sometimes people come to me way too late in the game. They’re about to lose their houses, they’ve resorted to cashing in retirement plans, and they ask me what they should do now. The sad truth is that they should’ve thought that through earlier. That’s why I urge all of my career coaching clients to set up a timeline that then drives their A, B, C plan. How long can you last before getting a solid outcome? Here’s an example:

A Plan: Transition from career to career.

B Plan: Part time work until I land the career I want or the education I need.

C Plan: Sell my home, lower my expenses and start over.

Identify your ABC Plan now, or reach out for help if you’re not sure where to start. You can also learn more about this topic in my book, From Fish Story to Success Story.

How many of you have experienced a long career search with or without a plan like this?