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If you find you're limited to a particular geographic region, you'll want to understand the industry strengths in your area. The industry is a strong fit if it either has a large presence in the region or it has potential for future growth. By targeting industries of strength, you provide yourself with mobility and security. There are variety of resources you can use to determine the strengths of the region. The first resource that I'd recommend would be the Chamber of Commerce. They often provide business growth reports, focus committees, and networking opportunities by specific industry.
This resource is best used for large metropolitan areas such as Boston, Sydney, or Dublin, and may not be as useful and smaller world communities. The second recommendation is to use LinkedIn Advanced People Search. You can put in the ZIP Code and the distance you're willing to travel. Based on the search results, you can see the top companies and industries within that radius. A third resource is the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.
Through their regional information offices they provide reports focused on industry growth and employment by region. Finally, Inc.com has a full list of companies by both state and metropolitan areas. This can give you a better idea of the larger companies and ones that are hiring. I recommend that you look at their top lists for current information as they are regularly updated. If you're tied to a region but your desired industry is not well-represented, then you should consider other industries that will allow you to stay in your role.
This will allow you to transition to your desired industry when an opening finally does come along.
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