Sometimes, no matter how hard you look, it just seems impossible to find a good, steady job. Even if you do everything right, have a great resume, and the skills to succeed, it can still be challenging.
However, if you are having a hard time, there may be some additional things you should do. Whether you’re a new graduate, the victim of a recent layoff, or simply want to change jobs, don’t give up. You’ll have to be diligent if you want to ensure you land the interviews you need to succeed.
Here are a few tips to help broaden your scope when you really just can’t find adequate work.
1. Consider taking on part-time or contract work.
If you’re only looking for full-time, salaried work, you may be missing out on opportunities. We know, stability and benefits are important, but sometimes we have to take what we can get. Additionally, starting out as a part-timer could open the door to full-time opportunities, too.
Not only that, but part-time work can also help pad your resume and add to your qualifications. If you’re a new graduate, you may also want to look at paid internships. Any job is better than no job, right?
Besides, if you’re only working part-time, you’ll have more time to dedicate to taking classes and/or perhaps obtain beneficial certifications.
2. Make job hunting your number one priority.
If you’re not really prioritizing your search for a job, that could also hurt your chances of finding work.
Try to give yourself weekly and/or daily goals – and make sure you stick with them. These can include applying to a certain number of jobs per week, seeking out references, or expanding your social network. When looking for meaningful employment, you’ll want to make sure you’re utilizing all available connections you have available.
It might also be a good idea to have your resume and portfolio reviewed by a professional.
3. Try widening your search.
If you just can’t find anything worthwhile in your vicinity, you may need to expand your horizons. Maybe you should be looking for jobs in other cities or searching for a wider variety of jobs.
Take a moment to level with yourself about what you’re willing to do for the right job. Would you accept a longer commute or possibly consider moving to a new city?
The ability to broaden your search radius could make a significant difference in your ability to find employment. Depending on your skillset, you may even be able to find a remote job.