Many times, individuals change careers at some point in their life for a variety of reasons. Sometimes this is due to being unsatisfied in their jobs or because of a move to a new area where they cannot find employment opportunities in their particular field.
John Smith from JobsInGTA has some sure-fire strategies to make the leap to jump start a new journey to a new career. But before digging in, it’s important to remember that changing careers is not an easy process.
DECIDE ON THE NEW DIRECTION
Although individuals know their own field and job very well, many times they also have blinders as to what else is available in the job market. People often lack the knowledge of the requirements for different occupations, as well as possible transferable skills between the various fields.
A great way to best prepare yourself for a career change such as this is to consult an employment counselor on possible careers that might benefit from your current skill-set. A counselor will be able to advise you on where your experience best fits, in addition to suggesting any further training you may need. Your advisor could help you brainstorm you’re the best uses of your strengths and opportunities you may not have considered..
HAVE A PLAN
Changing careers can be an overwhelming transition process that might take weeks, months or even years. Before setting out on a career change, it is a good idea to plot out the steps you will take, including your current situation, available resources, and any training or educational requirements for the new career path.
In your plan, be sure to list specific tasks that you can do while working on your career transition such as:
- Review and update your resume.
- Attend an informational seminar at the nearest college.
- Contact a staffing agency to book an appointment with a recruiter.
- Research job market trends and available opportunities.
- Enroll in a training program or a workshop related to the field you are researching.
BRAND AND MARKET YOURSELF
No matter what new market you plan to enter, it’s likely the competition will be tough, so you will need to stand out from the crowd. Make sure to work on your appearance, your network, and your resume and online profiles.
- Try to polish your image in person and online.
- Include consistent messages in all your personal profiles.
- Join networking groups and attend job fairs.
- Build your job profile using several platforms provided by social and professional networks such as LinkedIn and job boards.
- Let others know that you are open for new career opportunities.
ONE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE
At times, we get consumed by life and forget to nourish our professional relationships. There is nothing worse than trying to contact an old classmate, co-worker or a professional connection and they do not seem to remember you. Keeping in touch with our contacts through networking and social media is a great way to stay connected for future opportunities.