Tips for a Successful Career Change
With about 14.8 million people out of work, according to the latest government numbers, many people are looking for jobs that they wouldn’t consider doing pre-recession. Some are considering part-time jobs rather than full-time work, others are relocating to get a job, and others are making career changes. In fact, according to a recent SimplyHired.com poll, 64% of job seekers would consider a new career—because 36% are unable to find a job in their current career and 28% are unhappy with their current career.
To make the transition as smooth as possible, here are some tips for a successful career change:
Do your research – Before you attempt to apply for jobs in a new career, find out as much as you can about that industry, such as recent news, leading companies and innovations. In addition, find out what degrees, certificates, credentials, or other education and experience are required for that field. After you’re fully informed about the career, determine if it is something you are really interested in and passionate about.
Build up your relevant experience – If you don’t meet all of the requirements, look into classes at your local college or online, take on a part-time job in that field or find a related internship or volunteer opportunity. Keep in mind that the level of your previous position and pay is not necessarily transferable from one career to the next. Beginning a new career usually requires starting over in an entry-level job.
Revise your resume – After you have the basic qualifications for your new career, look at your own work history to find additional transferable skills and experience. Then, revise your resume to include your new qualifications and the related experience under the listed positions you previously held.
Network – Join an industry organization to meet people in the field you want to get into. Here you can connect with individuals that can become mentors as you break into the field. They may be able to introduce you to people that can propel your new career forward.