Gone are the days of getting a well fit, well-compensated position simply by attending college after high school. Not only has entrepreneurship risen so drastically in the last 20 years, unconventional opportunities for gainful employment are also plentiful. Ditch the old paradigms and adopt some of these new ideas to get the most of your job search and find work where you’re not only valued and appreciated, but well-compensated to match.
1. Apply for positions you think you’re unqualified for.
These days quality work ethic is just as hard to find in an applicant than the desired credentials for a position. With more companies and their owners striving to work smarter, not harder, they know how costly turnover can be and they are willing to invest time and training into a promising candidate. Do not sell your character short! Lead with your relevant experience and training, and express both your coachability and commitment to an employer who will invest in you.
2. Apply for positions that aren’t open.
The best company owners and managers will tell you “we’ll always make room for a good employee to come on board”. Don’t wait for the perfect position to open, or be advertised publicly. Dress to impress and bring your resume to them whether or not an open position was advertised. It may be your stopping in that pushes 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. Widen your search to national companies that may entertain remote positions.
Have a dream job in mind, 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 homepage, and look for an employment link. If no remote positions are advertised or listed, make your own open door by sending a resume and cover letter to the email address of a hiring manager. Be sure to inform them of your location and how you are proficient in programs that will make training and correspondence with you a breeze.
4. Consider careers without required college credentials.
There are many careers that require education higher than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree. Most are part of a certification programs or apprenticeships. Some of these professions include funeral arranging, real estate, plumbing, electric, tree service, personal caring or nursing assistance.
5. Look for better opportunities when you’re employed.
The best time to look for a perfect fitting job is while you’re still employed. When we are job searching and unemployed, we are directing a different vibe toward our potential employers. Our energy is often tainted by past disappointment and fear, insecurity or doubt, and sometimes worse, our desperateness. While still employed, we have a unique opportunity to take advantage of our current confidence and security. While your commitment to your current employer is commendable, it’s often unreturned and you should never deprive you and yours the opportunity for a brighter future. The best employers will understand. If they can’t find respect for that, that should only confirm you can find a better fitting position elsewhere.