Plan B

Life is just fraught with inconveniences, obstacles, problems.  Whatever you call ’em, they just keep things from flowing smoothly!

If you are in the midst of a job search right now, other issues that come up can seem magnified because you feel like you don’t have the time to deal with them.  You’ve got to check out the job search engines, apply to openings, network on LinkedIn and Twitter, attend networking functions, prepare for interviews…and the list goes on and on. How can you deal with anything else?

Error messageUnfortunately, you don’t have much of a choice. What you can do to minimize the impact they have on your job search efforts is to develop a Plan B.

Some Plan B’s can be somewhat figured out in advance. Who can you count on to spot you for child care if you get an unexpected call for an interview? What are you prepared to do without if you had no other choice? If you can answer those kind of questions before the situations crop up, it will be much easier to execute the solutions.

Other Plan B’s have to be made on the fly. When there is a family emergency or the refrigerator unexpectedly dies, you do what you have to do. When possible, make quick decisions to minimize the impact of the event.

If it is something that will take more time, make that situation your priority. You are not doing your job search any favors by pulling yourself in too many different directions.

I wish my husband and I had talked about Plan B’s more during his layoff. One such event was when our minivan died over Memorial Day weekend. Fortunately, the membership to AAA had not run out and the vehicle gave its last gasp a mere .1 miles from a dealership. The next Tuesday, we got the bad news — our vehicle would need a repair that would run into the thousands of dollars.

Because we had not developed a Plan B for this type of event, we wrestled with it for a while before we determined that we could be a one-car family during this period in our lives. We talked with the dealership, and they bought the minivan from us. Getting to that decision took longer than it should have, and did marginally take away from the job search while we were dealing with it.

How do you minimize the impact of obstacles?

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