Don't Be Afraid to Broaden Your Horizons

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If your job search doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, or if you’re looking for a position that’s a little different than the ones you’re used to seeing in your search, it might be time to broaden your horizons a little bit.

Using the same search criteria when looking for job openings will likely return the same types of positions. And if you’re not finding what you’re looking for, it’s time to change something.

There are a few ways you can change your search in order to broaden your options. One way is to think about how you can stretch your skills slightly or look for different ways to apply them. For example, strong writing skills can help get you a job in many different fields. If your previous experience has been in writing within a certain field, don’t limit your search by only looking for jobs within the same field. With your skills, they could be applied to a job writing in virtually any field.

Another way to expand your job search is to geographically broaden your search field. If you know what type of job you want and are limiting your search to the immediate vicinity, you could be missing out on a great job because it’s a few extra miles away. Consider adjusting your search criteria to see what’s available a little further away, rather than settling for a job just because it’s closer. Or, if you’re not tied down to one specific location and wouldn’t mind moving, try increasing your radius even more.

While these options will help you expand your job search, you still need to be able to show employers that you are qualified for the job. Stretching your skills enough to give yourself an extra challenge or variety is one thing, but if you stretch them too far, you will not be successful in your search. Employers are still looking for the best candidate, and you need to be able to demonstrate that you can do the job, and do it well.

When expanding your geographical radius, make sure to have a maximum distance that you’d be willing to commute in mind. A great job might not seem so great once you realize that traffic and a long commute are eating into your time.

Varying your job search criteria can help boost your search. Don’t be afraid to change the direction- or location- of your career while applying your qualifications and experience in a new way. Stretching your skills and expanding your search can help lead to new job opportunities in the same field, or a new one, depending on what you’re looking for.