You aren’t the only one seeking a career change. As a matter of fact according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics people born between 1957-1964 held an average of 11 jobs between the ages of 18-44. In today’s economy that number might even be higher, so you aren’t alone. However, you aren’t alone also means you have to sell what you have to offer better than the hundreds of other people trying for the same position as you.
How You Define Career Change?
Would you like to advance in your current company?
Do you enjoy what you are doing, but want to change companies?
Do you need to find a way to mark your skills to a different industry altogether?
When you start thinking about a career change these are the first questions you need to ask yourself. Assuming you don’t want to go through the process every couple of years. The more specific plan you have means the better outcome you will achieve. And that is having a job you love, even when it’s Sunday night.
How Do You Get to Your Dream Career?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when transitioning from one job or company to another is not to really evaluate if the new opportunity will fit your goals and interests.
If you don’t have a job and you need to find one quickly, you’re probably focused on having the company make you an offer.
If you currently have a job and want to advance your career you are under the same pressures and have more time to evaluate if the position is a good fit for you.
Which ever category you fall into there are strategies to help you find a great career, something that you will not feel pressured into taking because the clock is ticking – an opportunity you are excited about. After all this is something you’re going to spend at least 2,000 hours a year doing.
What’s the Best Strategy?
In the last couple of years the strategy for finding a new job has changed tremendously.
Factors that have contributed to this change include the large number of individuals who are unemployed, companies trying to stay an lean as possible, the vast amount of people who need to find second jobs, and the newest factor…social media.
Social media, i.e. the Internet, has altered the playing field in a big way. Some say if you can be found on the Internet, then you don’t have much to contribute, you don’t exist. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Wait what? That’s nonsense!” It’s not.
It’s not good enough anymore to make a phone call to the Human Resources department of [insert your company of choice here] and mail in your resume.
Now days you need to have a strategic plan when you start your job search.
How to Make a Career Change Work for You
The ideal plan is to start before you need/want a new job.
This means start getting your self out there.
Establish your expertise in your field by starting a blog. Get your name in the search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) by joining the popular social media platforms. Grow your professional network by building a great Linkedin profile and using all the tools that it offers.
Bottom line begin building a great online presence and your personal brand.
Develop your own brand the way you want to be perceived before someone gives you a “bad brand”.
So, what if you are actively searching NOW? No worries, you just need to regroup and make some tweaks to what you are doing and carry on.
It’s not “rocket science”, but there is a strategy to successfully making a career change.
Why You Need a Career Change Strategy?
The number of unemployed individuals or employed and currently looking for a new job is staggering!
Every time you turn on the TV or radio, you hear of how tough it is to make a career change with so many competing for the same opportunity.
If you have a strategy, you have an edge. You can position yourself as the preferred candidate and build a reputation as the “go-to” person in your field. You can be the person who your dream employer seeks out to lead; the person who others try to emulate.
What do you have to do? Glad you asked…
Start Your Career Change With A SMART Plan
Why do you need a career change plan?
Simple, you need an edge over the hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals competing for the same position you are applying to.
Having a “method to your madness”, a plan, will give you the strategic edge to get the proper visibility in your field, recognition for your accomplishments, and the career you want!
So, what do you need to do?
First, you need to have a specific plan-of-action to the most effective places to get visibility and the proper way to go about it.
Second, you need to get recognized for your expertise in your market.
Third, when others connect with you, it’s crucial that your communication comes across with charisma, confidence, and competence.
Here’s how you can start…
What’s your dream career and what skills do you have that match the skills required.
Create a resume that communicates your expertise for the required job duties.
Make contact with individuals who are in the company or are familiar with the position, so you can eventually connect with the hiring manager.
Practice your interviewing skills, so that you clearly communicate how you can help the organization and the hiring manager reach their goals.
And of course while doing the above actions always convey charisma, confidence, and competence!
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I’m rooting for you,
Career Development Strategist
Theresa, the time I spent with you practicing interview skills and rewriting my resume were worth it. Your help was invaluable by preparing me for tough interviews. Thanks to your assistance I got the job! – Rich N., Hospital Diagnostic Sales Representative