Stop Job-Blocking Yourself: Here Are 5 Golden Employment Opportunities You’re Passing Up

Kambria Johnson

Gone are the days when you could get a well-fitting, well-paying job simply by attending college after high school. Not only has entrepreneurship increased dramatically in the last 20 years, but so have unconventional opportunities for gainful employment. Ditch the old paradigms and try some of these new ideas to make the most of your job search and find work where you’re not only valued and appreciated, but also fairly compensated.

1. Apply for jobs for which you believe you are unqualified.

Nowadays, a good work ethic is just as difficult to find in an applicant as the required qualifications for a position. With more businesses and owners striving to work smarter, not harder, they understand how costly turnover can be and are willing to invest time and training in a promising candidate. Don’t undervalue your character! Lead with your relevant experience and training, and demonstrate your coachability and commitment to an employer willing to invest in you.

2. Apply for positions that aren’t currently available.

“We’ll always make room for a good employee to come on board,” the best business owners and managers will tell you. Don’t wait for the ideal job to become available or to be advertised publicly. Dress to impress and bring your resume regardless of whether an open position has been advertised. It could be your presence that prompts them to evaluate their current staff and fire a derf to make room for you, or to create a position that capitalizes on your skills and experience.

3. Broaden your search to include national companies that may be interested in remote positions.

Do you have a dream job in mind, but it is with an out-of-state company? Don’t dismiss it as a pipe dream just yet. Visit their website and look for an employment link near the bottom of the homepage. If no remote positions are advertised or listed, create your own open door by sending a resume and cover letter to a hiring manager’s email address. Make sure to tell them where you are and how you are skilled in programs that will make training and correspondence with you a breeze.

4. Consider careers that do not necessitate a college education.

Many jobs require more education than a high school diploma but less than a college degree. The majority of them are part of certification programs or apprenticeships. Funeral planning, real estate, plumbing, electric, tree service, personal care, and nursing assistance are some of these professions.

5. When you’re working, look for better opportunities.

While you’re still working, it’s the best time to look for a job that’s a perfect fit for you. When we are job hunting and unemployed, we send out a different vibe to potential employers. Our energy is frequently tainted by disappointment and fear from the past, insecurity or doubt, and, at times, desperateness. While we are still employed, we have a unique opportunity to capitalize on our current sense of security and confidence. While your dedication to your current employer is admirable, it is frequently unrewarded, and you should never deny yourself or your family the opportunity for a better future. The best employers will recognize this. If they can’t find respect for that, it should only serve as confirmation that you can find a more suitable position elsewhere.