Updated: Apr 14, 2020
Taking that first step toward a career change is an exciting moment – at least for the first twenty minutes or so…
Until you realize you aren’t quite clear on where to start.
Trust me, this type of transition doesn’t happen overnight, and honestly, it isn’t fair for you to assume that you will have it figured out right away.
Here’s where I come in...
After years of helping professionals transition into new careers, I’ve realized that there are five must-dos if you’re looking to make the transition as seamless as possible. These tips will give you the confidence to hit the ground running towards your dream career:
1. Ditch the traditional chronological resume format and explore a resume strategy and format that sells your transferable skills.
You need a resume that speaks your new audience’s language, not a document that just recites what you’ve done. Maximize the space (and quality) of your resume by tailoring your job list and task descriptions to the position you’re applying for.
2. Don’t waste your time with agencies.
Recruiting agencies work in the interest of the hiring company. They’re looking for the perfect candidate that crosses certain t’s and dots certain i’s. You likely won’t fit the bill, so don’t even waste your time.
3. Aim to network more than any other job seeker.
Rely on job boards second and capitalize on networking first. No resume can beat getting to know the real people on the front lines of your new field. Connecting with experts and influencers who are where you want to be will help you tap into hidden opportunities or get referrals.
4. Know and communicate your career story.
Why is this career change so important to you? What was the pivotal moment that led you to pursue this new career? Be bold when talking about your end goals. When you’re clear about what you want and how your aspirations align with the company’s needs, employers are more likely to buy in.
5. Focus on career choices that can meet your financial needs.
Some careers simply will not pay top dollar for a candidate within minimal experience. Understand that you may have to take a pay cut or work your way up unless you know someone on the inside. Otherwise, explore career options that can pay top dollar for the transferable skills you currently offer. In other words, your new career goal should match your expectations for income.
Although these are some great tips, it’s okay if you feel as though you need a little extra help. Schedule your consultation today to speak with our specialist about how our NextUp team can get you to where you’d like to be in your career!
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