Temporary or temp-to-perm positions
Expand your search and check out temporary opportunities. While these positions may not include a full range of benefits, it’s a way to get your foot in the door and learn about the organization’s culture. A temporary position also allows you to try a new industry or role before making a formal commitment. Taking initiative, doing good work, and being reliable are excellent ways to leave a favorable impression, in case the opportunity arises to convert to a full-time role.
Go back to school
Continuing your education, whether through a degree, a certification, or a course, can give you a boost when compared to other candidates. It’s more than just what you learn from books. Going back to school develops your skills in communication, teamwork, presentation, and other soft skills.
School can also be an investment in networking. Your classmates, teachers, and alumni circle may know of jobs that are a good fit for you now or in the future.
Explore other locations
Moving comes with costs and considerations above and beyond looking for a job, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, you could benefit from differences in the job market, cost of living, state taxes, or benefit packages—even if your salary is comparable for doing a similar job in a different location.