Stop Blocking Your Job: 5 Golden Job Opportunities You’re Missing Out On
Gone are the days of landing a well-prepared, well-compensated position simply by attending college after high school. Not only has entrepreneurship increased so dramatically in the past 20 years, but non-traditional opportunities for gainful employment are also abundant. Throw out the old paradigms and embrace some of these new ideas to get the most out of your job search and find a job where you’re not only valued and appreciated, but also well compensated.
1. Apply for positions you don’t think you’re qualified for.
These days, a quality work ethic is just as difficult to find in a candidate than the desired credentials for a position. With more companies and their owners looking to work smarter, not harder, they know how costly turnover can be and are willing to invest time and training in a promising candidate. Don’t sell your character short! Lead with your relevant experience and training and express both your ability to learn and your commitment to an employer who will invest in you.
2. Apply for positions that are not open.
The best company owners and managers will tell you “we will always make room for a good employee to come on board.” Don’t wait for the perfect position to open up or to be publicly advertised. Dress to impress and bring your resume to them, whether or not the position is open. It’s possible that your suspension will cause them to evaluate their current staff and fire a derf to make room for you, or create a position that utilizes your talent and experience.
3. Broaden your search to national companies that can fill remote positions.
Got a dream job, but it’s working for an out-of-state company? Don’t write it off as a pipe dream just yet. Visit their website and scroll to the bottom of the home page and look for a job link. If there are no remote positions posted or listed, hold your own open house by sending a resume and cover letter to a hiring manager’s email address. Be sure to let them know your location and how proficient you are in the programs that will make learning and corresponding with you a breeze.
4. Consider careers without the necessary college degrees.
There are many careers that require an education higher than a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Most are part of certification or apprenticeship programs. Some of these occupations include funeral directors, real estate, plumbing, electrical, tree services, personal care, or babysitting.
5. Look for better opportunities when you are employed.
The best time to look for the perfect job is while you are still employed. When we are job hunting and unemployed, we project a different mood to our potential employers. Our energy is often tainted by past disappointments and fear, uncertainty or doubt, and sometimes even worse, our despair. While we are still employed, we have a unique opportunity to take advantage of our current trust and security. While your commitment to your current employer is commendable, it is often not reciprocated and should never deprive you and yours of the possibility of a brighter future. The best employers will understand. If they can’t find respect for that, it should only confirm that you can find a more suitable position elsewhere.
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