Changing Careers

8 Tips for a Smooth Transition Between Careers

1. Research the Career

Research the career you intend to pursue fully by searching the web and reading books about different career options. There are tons of web sites and books available on different careers if you take the time to look for them. Be sure you are familiar with, and qualified, for all of the duties that will be required of you in your new career path, and make sure that these duties are things that you will enjoy. It is also very important to research the salary range in which you will be receiving in the new career that you choose so that you can be sure you will be able to meet your current financial needs.

2. Connect with a Professional

Connect with a professional who has the type of job you are wanting to look into. This could be a friend, a person you are refereed to, or someone you contact personally. Prepare a list of questions about the job and see if it would be possible to shadow them for a day while they complete their duties to get a feel for the job. An up close and personal view of the job you're pursuing can be invaluable, so if this is possible be sure to take advantage of the opportunity.

3. ID Transferable Skills

Identify transferable skills that you will be able to use in your new position. Making a list of skills that you have developed while on your current job or through participation in sports and hobbies is a good start. There are lists on the internet that outline what activities look good on a resume.

4. Seek Additional Training or Education

Seek additional training or education if it will improve your chances of making a successful career change. After identifying your transferable skills if there is something you are lacking it is a good idea to seek more training or education on the subject. There are many colleges, universities, and trade schools that offer night or weekend classes designed for adult students who have full time jobs You can highlight this additional education or training on your resume.

5. Volunteer in Positions Related to Your Intended Career

Volunteer in positions related to your intended career. While you probably can’t commit to a full time internship while also holding down a full time job, you can often find weekend or evening activities that will help you add skills that will enhance your resume. If you can intern it is very beneficial because your employer will already know you and your character.

6. Utilize Social Media Networking

Utilize social media networking to expand your job search through person to person contacts and referrals. It is always easier to get your foot in the door when someone puts in a good word for you. Networking through social media sites can put you in contact with the professional contacts of your friends and business connections. The wider you cast your net in a career search, especially when changing careers, the better. And, always be aware of your digital foot print.

7. Prepare a Resume that Highlights Your Skills

Prepare a resume that highlights your skills and the strengths that you developed in your previous career or through additional eduction or training. Using the a functional resume will highlight the skills that you have developed in your other positions. The functional resume lists each major skill as a heading and then lists a few achievements related to the skill. This style minimizes any work experience that doesn’t enhance your job prospects in the new field while maximizing exposure for skills and abilities gained through volunteer work, internships, or other activities.

8. Be Persistent

Be persistent and keep trying to make the change, even if it takes a while to find the right employer that is willing to give you a chance in your new career choose. In the current job market there are many applicants for each available position, and employers may have quite a few qualified candidates to select from. Networking, preparing a great resume, gaining additional training, and volunteering should help career changers enhance their job prospects.

1. Research the Career

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