Job hunting is something that every person ultimately goes through at one point or another. However, the experience of each job hunter also varies for each person. Some people find it easy to get a job. They may have specific skill sets that are in high demand or have connections in the industry they wish to join. For others, getting a job is an uphill struggle; potential leads turn into dead ends, and the quest for a stable source of income becomes rougher.
If you’re part of the latter group, don’t lose hope just yet. There are countless jobs available out there; you only need to find them. One of the critical things you should be looking at is your search parameters. How do you look for a job? What are the options that show up as a result of your current search method? Perhaps part of the reason why job hunting has been difficult is that your field of vision has been too narrow.
The best way to address this issue is to expand your job search. To elaborate further, here are some reasons why you should start looking beyond what you’re initially searching for.
Discover More Job Opportunities
When you finish a college course or training program, it’s natural to start looking for jobs that match what’s written on your diploma or certificate. Take this scenario, for example. You finished IT (Information Technology) in college, and you want to find the best IT-related jobs in Cebu. You go to job search websites, type in job-related keywords, and find a couple of listings that you promptly apply to.
However, if you are not familiar with different job names and simply rely on “IT” as your search keyword, you may miss out on some opportunities. To broaden your search and improve your prospects, it helps to familiarize yourself with other roles in IT. Some of the listings you can search for include:
- Support specialist
- Computer programmer
- Quality assurance tester
- Web developer
- Systems analyst
- Database administrator
- Web administrator
Indeed, several IT-related jobs don’t necessarily include “IT” in their titles. However, the opportunity is there for individuals who finished IT to learn more about these positions and check if their skill sets match their job descriptions.
Try a Different Location
Nowadays, job seekers often turn to job search sites and apps when looking for work. In many cases, the openings are organized by location, based on where the company lists its address. While these are helpful for workers who want to work near where they live, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the setup of many offices.
As a safety measure to prevent the spread of the virus, many companies allowed their employees to work from home instead of coming into the office. Though vaccinations and decreasing cases will soon make it safe to return to an in-office setup, some companies found that working from home improved employee productivity and wellness levels. As such, some companies have permanently adopted a hybrid or full telecommuting setup, which either minimizes or completely eradicates the need to go into a physical office.
With this kind of work arrangement available, you can apply for certain jobs even if you don’t live in the same city. Thus, you can expand your search beyond the listings within your location. Doing this allows you to explore opportunities with more companies, including ones you may have not considered before because you live in a different city.
Explore Other Potential Career Options
When planning a career, tunnel vision is quite common. Individuals who trained for a certain job expect to build a career on that job, and more often than not, that’s not how it plays out in real life.
Outside the structure of a school or program, people can explore different career options. Some people find success in the careers they studied for while others find it in fields they don’t even have formal education in. Instead, the latter group realized that they can use their skill set in different sectors and decided to venture out of their current industry.
Realize that this is also possible for you. If you can’t find a job in one industry, reexamine your skill set and consider how it could be useful in other sectors. Additionally, having a different background may give a fresh perspective and change of pace in the company you join, allowing you to offer something unique to the job.
Overall, the job market is highly competitive, but it also presents numerous opportunities. By venturing out of your comfort zone and expanding your search, you may find opportunities beyond what you initially expected. Try looking beyond the titles of your previous positions (if any) and consider getting a career outside of what’s written on your certificate or degree. The results may just surprise you.
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