A recent article posted on Sentinel-Standard.com reinforces an industry belief that people change their careers 5 to 7 times on average during their whole lifetime. Sometimes this involves not only changing where they work but actually changing to a new career field. The following tips will help you to prepare for a change of career should this be the path you find yourself on.
1. Know yourself
Understanding yourself is very important when you are trying to find a job. You should practice self-reflection and try to understand your individual personality. Try to assess your strengths and weaknesses. However, always remember that the advantages you may have for sourcing work and the disadvantages you can identify may not that accurate. That is, keep reflecting and attempt to define or understand where your passions lie. After all of this reflection, you can then revisit your job searching perhaps with new directions to be explored.
2. List your skills
Before applying for any new job you should first list all your skills including your personal skills and your technical skills. This list should then inform your choices of suitable roles. It may be that the skills you have learnt in one industry sector may be transferable to another field. When you are applying or searching for new roles you should note the skill sets being requested and apply yourself to learning new skills if you find that they are being required for roles you are interested in.
3. Use the right resume
You may need to have different resumes that highlight different skill sets that you could use. Make sure that the resume that you use matches the type of role you are applying for. For example, your work experience will be much more important if you are applying for a role in a field in which you have gained this experience. Alternatively, if you are applying for a role in which you have little or no experience then perhaps you should be concentrating on using a resume that highlights the skills you have that can be applied to such a role.
4. Keep doing networking
Look at your connections and see if you are connected to any professionals in your chosen field. Ask how you can best connect with them for advice. Think about any questions you might like to ask that could benefit your job searching. Networking can be daunting but is a powerful tool if used correctly.
Remember to note down any advice or leads that you may be given and to follow up with requests for introductions or á thank you for the tips provided.
In conclusion, remember that changing jobs is a more frequent occurrence now than ever before. Keep learning and keep practising your skill development and you will soon have your dream job.