Gone are the days of landing a fit and well-paying position simply by attending college after high school. Not only has entrepreneurship increased so dramatically in the last 20 years, but unconventional opportunities for gainful employment also abound. Ditch 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 think you are not qualified for.
These days, quality work ethic is as hard to find in an applicant as desired credentials for a position. With more companies and their owners striving to work smarter, not harder, they know how expensive turnover can be and are willing to invest time and training in a promising candidate. Don’t sell your character’s shorts! Lead with your relevant experience and training, and express both your coaching ability and your commitment to an employer who will invest in you.
2. Apply for positions that are not open.
The best business owners and managers will tell you that “we will always leave room for a good employee to come on board.” Don’t wait for the perfect position to open or be publicly advertised. Dress to impress and bring your resume, whether or not a job is advertised. It may be your visit that prompts them to assess their current staff and fire a derf to make room for him, or create a position that utilizes his talents and experience.
3. Broaden your search to national companies that may fill remote positions.
Do you have your dream job in mind, but is working for an out of state company? Don’t write it off as a pipe dream just yet. Visit their website, scroll to the bottom of the home page and look for a job link. If remote positions aren’t advertised or listed, make your own open door by sending a resume and cover letter to a hiring manager’s email address. Be sure to let them know where you are and how you master the programs that will make training and corresponding with you a breeze.
4. Consider careers without the required college credentials.
There are many careers that require education higher than a high school diploma, but lower than a college degree. Most are part of certification or apprenticeship programs. Some of these professions include funeral arrangements, real estate, plumbing, electrical, tree service, personal care, or nursing assistance.
5. Look for better opportunities when you are employed.
The best time to look for a job that fits you perfectly is while you are still employed. When we are looking for work and we are unemployed, we are directing a different vibe towards our potential employers. Our energy is often tainted by disappointment and fear from the past, insecurity or self-doubt, and sometimes worse, our despair. As long as we remain employed, we have a unique opportunity to build on our current trust and confidence. While your commitment to your current employer is commendable, it often goes unreturned and you should never deprive yourself or your loved ones of the opportunity for a better future. The best employers will understand. If they can’t find respect for it, that should only confirm that you can find a better position elsewhere.