6 steps to a successful career change

Career Change

Although this article originated in Australia, the lessons on how to manage a successful career change are almost universally applicable.  These are 6 excellent points to consider when thinking about your next move.  Best of luck!

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Making a career change can be a daunting experience. But gone are the days when most of the workforce stayed in the one stable job for decades. In Australia, 57% of people have made a career change before; 19% have done so in the last twelve months. So, how did they do it?

  1. Self-assessment. A good place to start is with an honest self-assessment. Changing careers can present you with a number of significant challenges; you may find yourself being forced to confront difficult questions about your past work experience and performance. You’ll be best served if you’ve already thought about these before a hiring manager puts them to you. Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself:
    • What do you want from your career?
    • What sacrifices are you prepared to make to achieve it?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  2. Seek adviceSpeak with people who’ve taken the plunge and changed careers before. They might be able to guide you on some of the pitfalls you should try and avoid. It’s also worth seeking out people in the industry or role you’re interested in joining. They might be able to provide you with a plan about how to best go about achieving your goals.
  3. Speak with your boss. It’s important that you ensure you have a strong support network when you decide to change careers. Being open and communicating can make the transition much easier; explain the reasons for your decision and a little about the direction you hope to move in. If you’re particularly worried about how he or she will react, this can be a good way to alleviate some of the stress involved with changing careers.
  4. Set goals. “Set yourself a series of short, medium and long-term goals,” says Wayne Baker, Chief Operations Officer at Symmetry HR. “They can be as simple as applying for five jobs or cold-calling companies you’d like to work for.” Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and then set process-oriented goals. So, for example, rather than setting one of your goals as getting your dream job, set yourself the goal of acquiring the skills that will make you the best candidate for getting that dream role.
  5. Network. Seek out people you know working in the industry or role you want to move into. Be up-front with them about your desire to change career; be bold in asking for their help. Ask whether they know of any opportunities currently available and tell them you’d appreciate it if they kept you in mind if they heard of anything in the future. Maintain personable and regular contact with these people while you’re looking to change careers, as they’re often among the best resources for information.
  6. Volunteer. Volunteering can be a great way of gaining experience in a field you’ve not worked in before. If you’re unsure about the change, volunteering can be a way of getting an idea of whether you want to go down a particular path. One of the advantages is that you can usually volunteer outside of your normal work hours, so you don’t have to quit your job before making any firm decisions about your future.

Changing careers can be daunting, but it can also turn out to be one of the best decisions you will ever make. If you’re unhappy where you are or just wish you were doing something else, why settle?

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How to Change Careers

Change Careers

Many people change careers several times throughout their working life and sometimes those changes can be a big challenge.  This article offers some helpful advice for those looking to make a change.  Please contact us if you want to discuss how your resume can become a vital asset when entering a new job field.

 

Changing careers takes focus and commitment. To be successful, you’ll need to develop short-term, intermediate and long-term goals, and decide on the steps you’ll need to accomplish them. Once you do that, it will be a lot easier to take the plunge into a new line of work.

Start by researching the marketplace to identify expanding industries. Search the Labor Department’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, job boards and the business press to see what’s areas are most in demand.

Next, take assessment tests to discover your hidden talents and jobs that fit them. Leading tests include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and Campbell Interest & Skill Survey. Also, ask individuals you know personally and professionally for their insight into occupations that might be a strong fit for your background and skills.

Once you’ve decided on a new path, do some online research and networking to determine the skills you’ll need to qualify for jobs that interest you. If you lack key credentials, consider signing up for volunteer work enrolling in classes to bridge the gap.

Next, revamp your résumé to highlight skills and experiences that are most relevant to your desired new line of work. A professional career coach may be able to help.

When applying for jobs, craft cover letters that will help employers understand why you’re looking to change careers and how you can add value. Similarly, prepare for interviews by crafting 30-second introduction that sums up what you can do for employers.

Tips

  • Consider taking assessment tests to discover your hidden talents and jobs that fit them.
  • Do the necessary research on marketplace and hiring trends in the field you are considering.
  • If you lack required or desired credentials in the field, seek the training you need to bridge the gap.

Article originally posted here: http://guides.wsj.com/careers/managing-your-career/how-to-change-careers/

Considering a Career Change?

Career change advice

A career change can be tough. Or not. It will depend on where you’re coming from, and where you want to go. Also, a great resume writer or career coach should be able to help guide you through the transition, as well as create a resume which will cover the cross-functional skill sets and help you land interviews in your target industry. Need help? Call us today.

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I Can’t Stop Changing My Mind. How Do You Know Which Path Is The Right One?

What’s your career history and current role?

I started out in a blue-chip, management-consultancy firm, and then went in the opposite direction, becoming a fundraiser for 12 years.

I ran my own fundraising consultancy for eight years, but, last year, I decided I’d had enough of fundraising and moved into recruitment for the charity sector.

How do you feel about your work?

I love the fact it’s not fundraising!

I like getting out and about and meeting people – both clients and candidates.

I’m very lucky because I can work from home, or anywhere I can take my laptop, and this fits really well around my family.

The company is friendly and the people are just brilliant. There’s a lot of trust and autonomy given to staff. I’m also pretty well paid.

There are loads of positives, so I’m not sure if I’m just being picky.

However, I do miss being my own boss. I miss the freedom of dictating my own hours and being able to go to the gym or to the shops at any point in the day if I feel like it – I don’t like the feeling that I’m chained to a desk from 9–3 every day. And it’s been difficult arranging childcare this summer, which I didn’t have to think about when I was my own boss.

Also, I haven’t really had any training, so I often feel like I’m floundering or underperforming. We joke about my non-existent induction (the day I started, my boss went on holiday and I had to wing my way through a meeting with a client!). I can ask the team anything and they’re really helpful, but I don’t want to be constantly bothering them.

The market has become difficult and I’m worried about my job security, as the company itself is struggling. And there’s not enough variety in recruitment for me. Frankly, I’m bored.

It feels like such a shame. When I first started this job a year ago, I thought “Finally, finally. After 20+ years of work, I’ve finally found it!” But having been there a year now – actually, it’s not brilliant. I’m not happy getting up and doing my job anymore.

What would you like to be doing instead?

This is the big question!

There are lots of things I’m interested in (health, nutrition, fitness, HR, reading, animals) and I’ve done the odd free course here and there to get a taster.

I like the idea of running my own business, perhaps selling something tangible rather than a service, and I’ve bought some books on coaching recently, as that seems to tick a lot of my boxes.

What’s the biggest obstacle in your way?

I’m worried that I’m a ‘grass is greener’ type of person, that if I were to pursue a career in one area I’d quickly get bored.

My husband’s always saying to me that I seem to chop and change my ideas every five minutes. He tells me: “Whatever you choose, choose something, and stick to it – stop changing your mind all the time”.

Whatever it is, I want to find the thing that I’m going to be able to enjoy for a number of years. And it’s really hard to be sure of that before I’ve even tried it.

When I went into recruitment last year, I was trying to weigh up between retraining as a lawyer and this, so I went and did some work experience in law firms, and I talked to a number of recruitment firms. That’s how I made my decision. But you can’t always do that. It’s not like I could just sit in on someone’s coaching sessions, and now it’s even harder, because I have a desk that I have to be at every day.

When making the right choice matters, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right thing?

Bonus tip!  Investing in yourself is worth it. There are a lot of experienced career coaches and resume writers that can help make your career change a great success!  It may cost a little bit but the return on your investment may come back tenfold!

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWUSA is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!