Making a Successful Career Change

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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 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.


About Dan

Dan is the Founder and President of Clearwater Florida based Liberty Search Associates a full service executive and management search and recruiting firm. He is a 20 year veteran of the human resource management and recruiting industry. His experience involves sourcing and hiring thousands of people while working for three global corporations. In 2002, Dan was specializing in health care recruitment while working as an executive recruiter for the world’s largest management recruiting firm. By 2003, he gained further healthcare experience while working directly for a Healthcare System as a market recruiter for a division of 15 acute care hospitals in West Central Florida. Here he had the opportunity to recruit all levels of nursing and other healthcare leaders. Dan started Liberty Search Associates in 2004 and recruits highly talented people that are motivated and self-directed. They are proven health care professionals with ability and aspirations for career growth and unique opportunities. Dan works with client hospitals and surgery centers nationwide to bring them the very best talent for key leadership positions. Dan and his wife Donna live near Clearwater, Florida. They have a son, Matthew, who is attending middle school.

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