Workforce Wednesday: Finding a Better Job

With the increasing mobility of today’s workforce, landing one job usually isn’t the end of a career. For those who are already employed, but want to transition to a better job, today’s Workforce Wednesday article takes a look at how to do that. You might be looking to earn more money, or find a position that better aligns with your skills or education. Either way, here are two easy steps you can take to get started.



1. Identify the job or field you want to move into


Utah’s economy added 53,000 jobs over the past year, and the growth is happening in eight out of 10 private sector industries we track. That translates to a wide diversity of opportunity for anyone looking to change jobs. So how do you narrow down your options?


One handy tool is our star rating system in our jobs.utah.gov job board. By sifting through job outlook data, you can filter the jobs you might be interested in by how well they’re growing and how much they pay. You can also look at jobs that fall within certain education levels, further tailoring your job search to your own situation.


2. Build a network related to that job or field


Who you know and how you market yourself can make a significant difference in your job search. Fortunately, we have a number of job skills workshops that can help. Whether attended in person or online, these workshops can help you build a networking plan to target a specific field. You can also learn how to tailor your resume, cover letter, and other communication tools to the specific position and employer.


When you figure out where you want your career to take you, and build a plan to help get there, you’ll feel much more confident in your professional journey. Thanks to Utah’s strong economy, that journey could take you on a wide array of paths. For more resources and information, visit our job seeker web page.



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