I get the question all the time. How long should I keep looking for my perfect job? When should I start applying for the less-than-perfect opportunities? Should I up and move to a city that is known to have more opportunities in my field, or should I keep looking here where there are fewer chances for me? Should I just take a temp gig while I keep seeking my perfect job? Or maybe take a position that is more entry-level than I think I should take, hoping it will lead to something better?
I sketched out a formula to help people better understand how long their job search might be and how much they might have to make compromises. Of course this isn’t a really scientific formula… but hopefully it will give you a sense of your job search situation.