If you are thinking about changing your profession or industry, catch useful tips from professional recruiters and consultants on how to “cut a window” into a new field for yourself.
1. Take time to think well
The first thing to do before you begin to act is to think about what is important to you in a new professional direction. Formulate:
- in what working atmosphere, in what environment you would be happy to work;
- that in a future or interesting job you “recharge” most of all;
- what actions and work responsibilities you initially (due to character, personality traits) like to do;
- what is really good, which will contribute to the development of your career in a new job.
Honest answers to the above questions will help you identify attractive options for changing your profession and will increase the likelihood of the right choice. One head is good, and two is better: it will be useful to seek help from a career consultant.
2. Remember that you can always change your mind
First, narrow your search to 2-3 industries, only then will you be able to more closely examine the labor market and consider specific professions, vacancies, career opportunities, and ways to make a career.
The usual resources for finding a job and career guidance tests can lead to fresh thoughts and ideas. But the main principle that professionals should adhere to when changing their careers is as follows: focus on the tasks that you like to perform, the skills that you like to use, the functionality in which you excel the others. And remember the environment in which you would prefer to be, and the type of people with whom you are pleased to work side by side every day.
At the same time, do not allow yourself to get bogged down in the thought that you have only one chance for a change. Talk about finding meaning and “true destiny” only complicates an already difficult decision. It is possible that during your professional career you will decide to change direction several times, so try to think about it in the spirit of “what would I like to try next?”.
3. Move to a new dream job gradually
Many people seek to radically change their field of activity, but it will be much more realistic to gradually move towards a new career. For example, you can make small changes to your current job, voluntarily “fouling” with new functions and tasks.
- taking training courses in the evenings;
- watching (and repeating) someone whose work you like;
- independent development of new professional skills.
All the options listed above will help you become more attractive in the eyes of chars and potential employers.
Instead of a giant leap “nowhere” in search of a more successful career or self-realization, it is better to gradually move towards a new profession, moving from place to place several times. This advice is suitable for those who are not ready to start from scratch, including in salary. So, on the course “ Best Work ” we help to draw up a career map on which we designate all the “control points” for a smooth and successful transition.
4. Do not inflate a resume
It is so tempting to include in your resume all the information about yourself! Of course, you want to change your profession, but you have such considerable professional baggage! .. And yet your task is to fit the most important on one page (maximum two). Most employers simply do not have time to read multi-page essays, so it is critical to make the resume concise and extremely relevant to the professional role you are applying for.
Carefully study the job description, formulate for yourself the expectations of the employer, his possible goals, and then tie your professional experience to achieve these goals. The main thing at the stage of sending a resume is to attract the attention of the employer, to make him want to find out more about you – and already at the interview stage, you can share these details.
5. Connect with people from an industry that interests you
The best way to understand the “inner kitchen” of a profession or the corporate culture of a company that interests you is to speak with those who already work there. Even if it’s unusual for you to initiate communication, for the sake of achieving professional goals, engage in active networking.
Spread your networks wide – from junior employees to managers, in order to actually understand how everything works in a profession or industry, and whether new recruits from other professional areas are accepted there.
6. Believe that a change of profession is really possible
The most difficult thing at the stage of finding yourself in a new profession is to maintain a belief that everything will work out. We tend to perceive ourselves as a photographer, accountant, programmer – that is, in a certain role. It seems to us that the profession defines us. Now we are forced to redefine, reformulate ourselves – and we must sincerely believe in a new role. As soon as we ourselves believe – others will believe. Having made the final decision, do not focus on the fact that you want to change your profession. Try to tell yourself and everyone you meet that you are already working in a new field for you.
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