Job searching and apartment hunting can be stressful.
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Most adults have to pass two specific milestones at some point: the job search and the apartment hunt. Business Insider spoke with career experts on tips to keep in mind when scouring job boards and apartment listings. Long-time career coach Elizabeth Atcheson said preparing to answer tough questions about a layoff or a bad experience with a previous landlord can ensure a more efficient search. Click here for more BI Prime stories. There are many parallels that come with your job and apartment searches: they’re both grueling, time consuming, and ridiculously competitive. These hunts are stressful, but there are some savvy tactics you can use to bring about faster and more efficient results.Business Insider talked to career experts on how to master both your job search and apartment hunt, and they’ve shared six things to keep in mind.
Know your income floor
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Here’s the sweet spot: You want a livable salary paired with affordable housing.Elizabeth Atcheson, a long-time career coach with over 25 years of experience, told Business Insider that it’s crucial to know your income floor and rent ceiling so that you don’t apply for listings that you couldn’t live on.In fact, she tells her clients not to bother applying for positions that won’t pay enough for their expenses.For job search: “Try to be honest with yourself about what you need to live the way you want to live,” she said. “For some people at the beginning of their careers, it makes sense to make sacrifices and share housing with roommates because you got the dream job offer in your field. But if I’m working with someone with five- or 10-plus years of experience, I want them to be disciplined and not apply for jobs below their income floor.” For apartment search: You don’t want to waste time inquiring about apartments with rates that you definitely can’t afford. The expert recommends creating a list of your living expenses and using budgeting apps before starting your job hunt. Make note of your monthly spending, your savings, and your planned deductions for retirement, she added.
Be strategic about your apartment location
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