How to Change Career and Find the Perfect Job
So, you have decided on a fresh start – a new beginning. For many reasons countless people take the decision to change career, but when it comes to applying for a new position, they come unstuck as to how to make their existing resume relevant and appealing to a potential new employer in what is sometimes a completely different industry.
There are many good reasons why people come to a crossroads in their career. For some of us, our career ‘choice’ was not really a choice at all. Perhaps a family member helped you get a job because you just needed to pay the bills. Or maybe you landed your job because of a particular skill you have, but you cannot see yourself doing it for the next 20 years. If your career is the result of a series of random twists and turns rather than something you consciously pursued, it is worth thinking about whether it is really suited to you – or perhaps there is something better out there. Consider taking a career test to assess your personality and interests and identify careers you would enjoy. Also, figure out what transferable skills you already have and determine those you need to acquire. What excites you and brings you joy? Can you see yourself turning it into a meaningful career?
At Select Resumes, we know that there are always transferable skills between the most disparate of industries. We will work closely with you to explore those skills and talk about your key achievements that both demonstrate your prior industry knowledge and how it will be highly applicable in your new direction. Whether you have decided to target an entry-level position or are aiming for an apprenticeship role or think you have what it takes to enter your new career position a little higher, we will work with you to make sure your resume and cover letter reflect your skills, qualifications and your personal traits perfectly.
Sometimes people who want to change careers let themselves get stopped in their tracks by an overpowering fear – the fear that they will have to go backwards (in salary or level) if they take a job in that new career. In some cases, yes, that is true.
But depending on your background and the career you are going to next; you may be surprised where you can land yourself with the right career transition tools and approach. Then again, the right career move now, no matter what that may mean for you in the short run, can set the stage for a long-term successful career that you actually care about.
Although you’d probably prefer to start in your real dream job right away, if you can think of career change as a continuing process that eventually opens doors to what you really want (the way going back to school can), then finding that first jump to a career that uses skills and experience you already have, in a job more closely aligned to where you want to wind up, you will have begun your steps forward, while still making more money than an entry-level employee would.
Not only will you be gaining the experience and contacts to help you make that next jump toward your desired career, but you may learn things and meet people along the way that can lead to jobs you would like even better! The one thing about moving toward a goal you care about is that you get to discover things you would never have seen any other way.
Here is a checklist of tips you may want to consider when it is time to change your career:
- Get a degree in your new field or at least start to take courses. Just beginning can sometimes open doors
- Going for a Certificate III in your new field. As in the above example, a certificate (plus a targeted resume using your transferable skills) may be just enough to get you into some interviews. Then, of course, it is up to you to seal the deal
- Volunteer at places related to the work you want to get into
- Join groups related to the field you are interested in
- Find part-time or temporary work in your newly chosen field
- Last but not least, be prepared to go for an entry-level position. This may be worth it. After all, you are laying the groundwork for the rest of your career life.