On the job hunt, on the life hunt

Have recently been applying to jobs, and in the process, scrambling to understand what that means in a greater yet practical sense. Such as, how much do I need to earn to take care of myself, bare minimum, and what does that mean in different places, or by the hour?

To share some great resources I’ve found:

  • The Living Wage Calculator – Gives a detailed breakdown of how much you need to make to stay afloat by geographical USA region. Details out estimates for food, transportation, housing, etc., and also includes categories according to number of people in the household, such as one adult or single adult with one child. Courtesy of Dr. Amy Glasmeier, Pennsylvania State University.
  • The Salary Calculator – Originally a UK site, there are different calculators that allow you to see how much you’re making annually according to your hourly wage. Or, if you want to work it backwords, how much someone is valuing your hours according to your annual pay and time put in.

These two sites have given me a solid way to brace myself for future job prospects and make the whole “independent livnig” thing a little more approachable, a little less intimidating.

People make life so complicated, you forget how simple it can be.

On a side note, I’ve been looking at job openings in media, specifically book publishing, and found this useful post sharing tips from a Random House Human Resources representative. The post is from a university blog dedicated to the M.S. program for publishing. Sigh, so much for the days when you weren’t at all expected to need an advanced degree for a trade career.

Edit: Adding another useful link to PublishingTrendsetter‘s post on cover letters.

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