Diversify Your Job Search

by Richard McMunn

When searching for a job most people use a few standard metrics to determine what jobs they search for and apply for. Some of these metrics include length of commute, the salary or pay offered for the job and the benefits the job offers such as dental, health, etc. In a booming job market job seekers can afford to be picky, but with a nationwide unemployment rate of nearly 8% it is not so easy to pick and choose these days. Here we will outline a few simple ways that you can diversify your job hunt and make not-so-standard choices in order to increase your chances of finding work.

Be Open to Moving or Commuting
While the national unemployment rate remains high different parts of the country have vastly different unemployment rates. This is true of different states, but also different parts of states and different cities within them. If you are focused on getting a job soon you should be open to commuting to your job or moving to an area with a lower unemployment rate and a higher demand for workers. Relocating is not always an easy choice but many people will not or cannot relocate even though it may mean less competition for work.

If you are open to moving or commuting try and find areas that are lacking your particular skillset. Some places have a need for welders, others have a need for lawyers, doctors or engineers. Do some research beforehand to find a place that is in desperate need of your skills and you will be able to secure work much more quickly.

Look for Short Term Positions
While many unemployed workers will take anything, others may turn up their nose at short term positions hoping something more long term will come along. This is not a good strategy. First of all, something else may not come along soon and if you are in need of work and cash flow it is imperative to start work soon.

Short term or seasonal positions will pay the bills and possibly get you some sort of health and dental insurance, while at the same time being a springboard for a more long term position. The moral of the story is be open to any position, big or small, and you will be one step ahead of many of your competitors.

Take a Position Below Your Pay Rate
Nobody wants to believe that their skills may be less valuable than they once were. However, in a struggling economy with rapidly changing industry and work conditions many worker's skills are in less demand and therefore less valuable. In order to make sure that you are hire-able you may have to drop your expectations of pay.

Many positions simply are not as lucrative as they once were due to market conditions, and facing this reality is much easier than staying in the job market without success for a long period of time. You may be able to receive a raise at a later period, but if the goal is getting hired lowering your pay rate may help.

Posted by Steve Brady