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It’s always often easy to settle into a job if the benefits are good, the salary is attractive enough and it’s your day-to-day is comfortable. 

But are you holding yourself or your career back? Here are 3 tips to help you strive for more.

So, let’s look at why you should strive for more.

The job market is constantly expanding, with new roles and opportunities to explore every day. So how do you stay on top of it?

There are obvious ways such as keeping an eye on job sites and maintaining a strong, diverse network of professional contacts; but finding that perfect job for you can take more than having job alerts on. 

Here are some tips on how to keep your options open:

Broaden Your Skills

Find positions you’re interested in and take notice of the descriptions. This is especially useful on sites such as LinkedIn, as not only can you see what essential qualities you need for that specific job but also what skills and experience others at that company have.  

This will give you the information that you need to compile a list of skills you can build on to make yourself a more attractive candidate, to potential employers or recruiters. 

There is plenty of training networks and providers around, so attending workshops or classes can also help to build those skills – some are even free!

Refocus on the big picture

Sometimes seeking out a new opportunity can feel like a job itself, and when you’re comfortable and feel like you have a good thing going, the thought of starting somewhere new can be scary. 

But take a step back and think about when you first started in your current role, have you achieved those goals you set yourself? Are you using the skills you have to their full potential? By searching for other roles, not only is there the possibility of finding something better suited to you but you’ll also be able to acknowledge what is it you truly want from your role.

Be ready for anything 

There’s never any knowing when things can suddenly change, companies can be bought out, roles can change, and you might find yourself in a very different position than you had originally thought. 

By keeping tabs on what’s out there, you’ll always be prepared for the worst eventuality. Doing something as simple as keeping a list of potential employers/job titles can make that inevitable search for something new just that little bit less stressful and daunting. scary. 

When you are ready to take the leap, check out our tips on job searching and interviews. Remember in an ever-changing job market, always be ahead of the curve!