Okay, so the job market is creeping back to a recovery, of sorts. It is a very slow road to recovery, yet there are jobs being created and consumer confidence is up, which helps drive a rebound. More of the underemployed and unemployed are beginning to look for a new job after waiting a few years to get back into an active job search.
Translation? It is still a highly competitive job market for most. There are too few jobs opportunities and too many qualified candidates to fill the open positions. Companies are also still placing potential hires through a series of several interviews, making the path to finally getting hired brutal!
What do you do to ensure you are the one that gets the job over your competitors? Commit to relocating. The ability to relocate where a company needs you can place you higher on their short list and may get you the new job. Going to where the jobs are is a great way to get back into the job market and get you back in the game.
I am amazed at how many people will not consider moving for their career advancement. The one’s who do are immanently more coveted by their employers than those who won’t move. We are a mobile society and companies want mobility and a willingness for their employees to be flexible in their lives.
If moving is not for you and you can’t bear to leave your home town, you may want to consider starting your own business or working in state/city government, where you can stay local and you can maintain your current lifestyle.
When looking for a job, broaden your search to other cities, let the hiring manager know you are willing to relocate, think internationally and where your sector has the most jobs, rather than what city you live in. Most of us can move, even if it is not our first choice. It can be unsettling, but is the fastest route to get hired and to get ahead in your career.