Ever feel like all of the good career advice you read is catered toward people who live in major metros, like NYC or San Francisco? You鈥檙e not alone 鈥 career-centered FOMO can be super real. While it鈥檚 true that creative, tech-savvy cities offer a ton of life-changing聽job opps with big salaries聽to boot, there鈥檚 something to be said for suburbs or small towns, where your skills can really set you apart. To get some top tips for聽millennials who are dedicated to doing great things outside of the city, we talked with two smart women who鈥檝e been there and done just that. Scroll on for seven tips that鈥檒l help you advance your career, no matter where you are.

1. Focus on something that鈥檚 a specialty in your area. Slow moving or not, we bet there鈥檚 some cool stuff going on wherever you live, whether it鈥檚 a happening industry or an in-demand set of skills. A rural resident and the force behind Hey Jessica,聽Jessica Stansberry explains, 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 always need to move to find work. If you love where you live, focus on what鈥檚 happening locally when choosing what to study or where to get training.鈥

2. Shatter the stereotype. It鈥檚 unfortunate, but millennials can have a bad office聽rep, especially in places that aren鈥檛 as progressive. But that doesn鈥檛 mean you can鈥檛 prove 鈥榚m wrong! Stansberry suggests, 鈥淣o matter what (or where!) your current job or gig is, dedicate yourself to being on time, doing great work, and showing enthusiasm for team or company goals.鈥 Stansberry聽also advises showing how grateful you are for your work in a genuine and humble way, rather than being a real-life example of the 鈥渆ntitled鈥 millennial stereotype. 鈥淏e truly ecstatic about the opportunity to work for the company. Never get caught up in thinking that they should be so lucky to have you,鈥 she says.

3. Use your millennial skills to your advantage. Tech-savvy skill sets can take you far, especially in rural areas where competition might be a little less fierce. On the job, you can use your computer skills to improve or speed up biz processes or take the team鈥檚 creative work to a new, digital level. When you鈥檙e job searching, take a few of Stansberry鈥檚 top tips and enlist your know-how to build a snappy looking site, upload a video profile, or design a resume that鈥檒l stand out in a pile.

4. Forge (and follow) your own path. In today鈥檚 digital world, you totally have the power to do *anything.* Stansberry agrees wholeheartedly, remarking, 鈥淲e have all of the right tools to begin a successful online (or offline) business and create our own career path 鈥 from wherever we live.鈥 She goes on to share, 鈥淏ased on my own experience as a millennial in a rural area, entrepreneurship paves the path for higher salaries and more opportunities than a lot of rural jobs can provide. It might not be right for everybody, but it CAN be a solid path to follow if you鈥檙e not finding the right role or career path in a small town you love.鈥

5. Use your online presence to make up for your lack of in-person presence. 鈥淵ou need to be Google-able, because whether you鈥檙e in a small town or a big city, resumes aren鈥檛 enough anymore,鈥 Kaysie Garcia, a freelance writer and content strategist tells us. 鈥淎 personal website聽is essential, especially if it allows someone to show off previous projects or elaborate on capabilities beyond a one-pager. I鈥檝e gotten completely cold opportunities through my own site!鈥

You can also keep up with the same news and trends as people who do live in cities, Garcia reminds us. 鈥淔ollow industry publications and related newsletters. Your field is bigger than what鈥檚 happening in your small town.鈥 Well said.

6. Consider remote opps.聽Garcia sings the praises of remote work for a couple of super solid reasons. 鈥淩emote work, even if on a contract basis, gives the person an opportunity to actually put their skills to use in a relevant environment 鈥 even if Slack calls and video chats are part of the mix,鈥 she explains. 鈥淣owadays, being able to say you鈥檝e worked remotely (and successfully) is an added benefit you can鈥檛 necessarily learn in a classroom.鈥 Even more, Garcia says that short-term or fully remote opportunities might allow you to network in major metro areas, so you have a few references to call on if you choose to move there. A total win-win!

7. Always be authentic. 鈥淒on鈥檛 go too crazy with startup speak and quirky vibes while applying for a job in a rural location,鈥 Garcia warns. 鈥淲hen I imagine sending the resume I use for startups and virtual opps out in the town I grew up in, all I can think of is 鈥榰ndo, undo!鈥欌 What to do instead? Maintain a totally genuine tone that suits the town, company, and job so you don鈥檛 completely miss the mark. 鈥淚n a lot of non-metro areas, culture is a once-a-month kind of thing 鈥 not a huge factor in hiring and fit,鈥 she says. With many urban companies being pretty obsessed with culture, this is a major difference you should adjust your resume and interview prep for.

Work in a small town? Tell us about how you landed your job or what鈥檚 tough about building a career outside the city聽@BritandCo.

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