Research continues to prove that workers will go through numerous career changes in their lifetime. Whether you’re relatively new to your career or in the middle of it, if you’ve ever attempted a career shift, you’ll know that it isn’t necessarily easy. You have a particular set of skills, knowledge, and experiences, and there are only so many jobs that they can be applied to. So where do you start?
Here are five ways to help you transition from your current career to the next.
Mentally prepare yourself
When you have all of the experience required from the job spec and you’re completing your online application, applicant-tracking systems (ATS) are your best friend. The robots identify you as a good match, and when you’re making a move from one role to a similar one in the same industry, job tracking is easy. When you’re changing industry, however, it requires more from you. ATS are unable to make the connections as easily, which can result in your application filed under ‘trash’. You’ll need to be prepared for such events because if you think it’s going to be easy, you could be in for a rude awakening.
Firstly, evaluate your experience and skills, and identify which are most relevant to the career you’re now coveting. Secondly, take a look at what skills you can add as you make the transition from your current career. Let’s say you’re looking to move into the finance industry. Well, you could explore how to start forex trading online, for example, and even take on a demo account to pick up skills that way. The basics are easy to pick up, such as the fact that it involves speculating on the price of a currency against another. Of course, there’s a lot more to learn than that. The more you grasp of any skill, however, the more valuable you become to a prospective employer.
Research your dream job
Talk to people in your network as well as colleagues who may have some experience in the role or industry you’re looking to enter. Learn not only about what the job entails on a day-to-day basis but also how those in that role got hired in the first place. Ask for their personal opinion on what it takes to be a success in the role, including the talent and skills they believe are needed.
Get the new you in writing
Now it’s about getting across what you’ve learned, and communicating in both verbal and written form. Here’s where you’ll want to be absolutely sure of your research, and check, and check again. Once you begin to realize that your skills are more applicable to other roles than you initially thought, making the jump will suddenly seem like a far less scary proposition. It’s time to send out your resume and make that phone call.
Pitch yourself in a new way
Your old way was your more timid self, who was less sure and less confident. Now you can take a far more powerful approach. When you meet with your prospective employer, you’ll be in a position to make it abundantly clear that you’ve done your research and that you have the skills and confidence to make the role your own.
Working through these steps will enable you to identify your skills and recognize the kind of jobs they can be applied to. Build your own stories that you can use during networking conversations or with potential hiring managers. By doing that, you’ll be on your way to showing what a great choice you would be for the role, regardless of how extreme a career change you’re undergoing.