Are you limiting your opportunities when job hunting? For example, are you looking for a specific job in a specific location? If so, you may be missing out on the best prospects, and it may take you longer to find employment.
I often blog how important it is to target your job search so you are not applying for everything, including jobs that don’t fit your skills, qualifications, and interests. What I am pointing out here is that you can also be too narrow in your job hunt activities.
So, consider these 4 great ways to broaden your job search to get hired more quickly in a position that’s right for you:
- Expand your job title based on your skills. Make a list of all the job titles that your desired job can be called. For example, a marketing manager may be called a brand manager, account manager, product manager, communications director, campaign manager, sales director, product specialist, promotions director, social media coordinator, or any number of other variations. Most online job sites will bring up related job titles in a search. Don’t ignore the job titles that look like a poor match at first glance; read the job ad and consider whether your background fits the role. Also important are your transferable skills—those skills that easily transfer from one occupation to another, such as computer skills, writing skills, organizational skills, and public speaking. As you look at other job titles, think whether you have the skills to do the job, even if you developed them in different occupations. If you need help determining your transferable skills for jobs, check out MySkillsMyFuture.
- Expand your target employers. Although you may really want to work for a particular employer, open your search to other companies and organizations that hire people with your skills and experience. Small and mid-size employers, startups, federal and local governments, trade associations, schools at all levels, and nonprofit organizations can be great places to work. Search online for such organizations and read your local business news for information on places that are prospering. Approach these entities directly with an explanation of how your skills can help them operate successfully and grow.
- Expand your geographic area. Short commutes are great, but looking at other cities, towns, and suburbs can give you more job options. Don’t rule out jobs that involve longer commutes. Perhaps the organization offers telecommuting or a shortened work week that would ease the situation. Perhaps you would relocate for the right job.
- Expand your job search approach. Online job searching has become the norm, but don’t let it be your only job search method. Person-to-person contact is still the most effective way to job hunt. So reach out to people you know, network in your professional association and alumni groups, and attend events. Also reach out to employers directly, even if you don’t see their job ads. They may be hiring soon, and you will be first in line.