There is a lot more involved in changing careers than there is in just a job change. But usually people are really just pivoting. That’s one of those terms that’s all the rage right now, but there is a lot of truth to it. There is usually a good amount of overlap from the job you have been doing to the career you want to pursue.(And doesn’t that sound a lot more manageable?)
Here are 5 things you can start doing right now to help you start working on pivoting your career:
1. What are you actually trying to do?
Do you dislike your actual job duties or your workplace? First, make that important distinction. There may be times when you know that you want to make a change in your career, but you’re not sure what you want to do. You’re not alone! Try taking an online career test. Some of our favorites are The Sokanu Career Test and 16Personalities.
2. Collect proof of your work product
Make it easy! Bring in examples of your work to show hiring managers the value that you will add to the company by sharing proof of your work product. Examples of this might include a chart showing an increase in your sales or a case study explaining a problem you were presented with and the solution you came up with to solve it. Try to think outside the box! Do some brainstorming on things you worked on in your career and focus on transferable skills that could apply in your new job. Still having trouble? Check out our Free Career Resources library for our information sheet on How to Leverage Your Transferable Skills.
3. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile
Your resume is one of the most important tools for your job search. It’s the first impression you give a company about who you are and what you can contribute to the company. Especially when you’re making a major change in your career, its a good idea to get some extra help with your career documents. Our founder, Neely is a professional resume writer who can help you put your best foot forward on your resume to help you get noticed when you submit your job application.
4. Contact references
Prepare your list of references so that after you interview for a job, you’re ready to send your references list over right away! One of the big reasons why it’s good to have this ready as one of your first steps is because you can tell your references that you’re job hunting! You never know who might know someone in your new industry and your personal connections are a great place to start.
5. Draft the foundation of your cover letter
Your cover letter should be customized for each job you apply for, but you can write your foundation letter and make changes to it as a job comes up that interests you. Cover letters are a key component of your job application and can be used to explain why you’re passionate about the new career. If a job interests you, you should apply if you meet 70%-80% of the requirements. You can use your cover letter to explain how your strengths outweigh the missing requirements. We have an online ecourse specifically designed to Hack Your Cover Letter: How to Write A Cover Letter Hiring Managers Want to Read. It’s packed full of information about how to write your cover letter including three sample cover letter styles to help you get started.
BONUS! We have one more thing for you to keep in mind when you’re applying and interviewing for jobs in your new career – your resume and cover letter are meant to get you an interview. That is their only purpose. Then, you are responsible for selling yourself in your interview to prove your fit with the company! Prepare for interviews using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Analysis, Result) so that when an interviewer asks you to “tell me about a time when…” you are ready to answer with specific examples.
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