Getting a Better Job

Everyone's hope is for a better job, and getting one is rightly considered a real achievement. But it's not as difficult as people think it is. Better jobs are found by a process of knowing the job market and the industry, not just waiting for something to come along. The better jobs come and go fast, with big gaps in between. To improve your chances, you need planning and a strategy.

Career strategy for better jobs

The absolute rock bottom line is that better jobs, by definition, always relate to career paths. That's your navigational reference for any job, and a "better" job has to be relevant to a working career plan. This can involve some serious changes to how you approach your career. Most importantly, if you want a better job, stay out of a cookie cutter way of thinking about your career. Better jobs can change career paths, sometimes making big improvements. You need to be able to operate your career in real time, working with current, viable options, not just hoping some options will show up one day.

Finding better jobs

Job hunting can be considered to be a natural part of anybody's career. The better you are at it, the better your chances of getting better jobs. In every industry and every profession, there are the right job hunting methods. They vary, but they have a few fundamentals in common.

These are the guaranteed useful job hunting methods:

Industry recruitment specialists. There's nothing they don't know about their industry. They have a lot of contacts, and can keep track of the jobs you need. Very importantly, they can also find jobs before they're advertised. They're a very good option for experienced people who don't want to start from scratch. Even for baseline office jobs and minimum wage, if you can show the skills for something better, they can find it for you.

Employers' Human Resources contacts. Their business is employment. They're good for cold canvassing when you're interested in that employer. Staff turnover is continuous, and you will eventually find employers with jobs available.

Personal contacts. In some industries, it simply does not pay to wait for job ads or a possible promotion to show up. In others, personal contacts are the preferred way of hiring, because it's like a built in reference (not being cynical, media jobs are often based on good professional contacts, because the people recommended are hired because of their ability to deliver). If you're in an industry where networking is the most trustworthy method of finding jobs, use it to get better jobs.

Cold canvassing. This is the quickest, most reliable way of targeting your preferred employers and getting the information you need about employment with them. At the very least, you wind up with useful information.

There are no real obstacles to getting better jobs but people's mindsets. Recognizing opportunities, and knowing how to use them, are the keys to better jobs and better careers.