Maybe you’re tired of working for a company where they don’t value your efforts. Maybe you’re working in an industry that you don’t really like. Or maybe your career has hit a point where you know what to expect, like the back of your hand, and there is no more growth. Meanwhile, you have been contemplating whether or not you should take that leap of faith into the unknown or remain in the comfort of your established career zone. Yes, the comfort zone is quite nice and comes with many perks, but what about what’s on the other side of that leap into making a career change? — The unknown potential is calling your name!
The reward you get from following your true path far exceeds the walls of familiarity, but you need support, education, and experience to see success. Don’t worry, I’ve mapped out 3-easy steps to help you change your career effortlessly, and with confidence!
Key Steps to Making a Career Change
Step 1) Plan Ahead And Narrow Your Search
It is easy to jump the gun and make impulsive decisions when we feel a rush of excitement to make a career change. But, realistically, it’s a better idea to take the time and map out your game plan. Think about what you don’t like in your current job, role, or industry and what you would like to see from your new position and company. Narrow down the nitty, gritty details to give yourself a better idea of what it is you are looking for in your next career. I.e. company culture, remote or in-person, task-oriented or people-oriented, etc. Next, start doing some research to see what careers pique your interest, and how your current skills may align. You do not need to have every skill set listed on a job description, but have a good idea of what skills you bring to the table and what skills you may need to learn if you’re committed.
If you don’t know where to begin, make a list of 20 potential career options that fit you best. Jot down the pros and cons for each of these careers and see which ones stand out. You may surprise yourself and learn something new along the way!
Step 2) Network
They say that it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. One of the best resources we have at our disposal is our own personal network. In addition to this, you have a wide network on social media platforms: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Start connecting with your network about your career desires. Send out friendly emails, texts, or calls to sync up with people who may be working in an industry you would like to enter into. Network with people from the industries you like by joining their events or reaching out via social media. You never know who will bring you business, ideas, or money, so maximize every conversation and don’t be afraid to chit-chat!
Step 3) Brush Up Your Resume
Your resume is your golden ticket anywhere you choose to apply. A sloppy, unclear story on a resume will deter recruiters and hiring managers from setting up an interview, especially if you’re changing industries. If you are unsure how to get your resume in tip-top shape, check out my other blog: Three Secrets to Creating a Winning Resume! Just remember, your resume is a representation of YOU. It should be a short, impactful, and well-written document that sparks the reader’s attention!
Change Careers Today!
Changing careers is risky business. But, with the right steps and coaching, you can find the career you love! These 3-easy steps will ensure that you feel confident as you make a career change and jump into the unknown! But mentorship is key to helping you avoid all the little bumps in the road along the way. If you need support on your journey to change careers, contact me! I’d love to get you moving in the right direction towards your career goals.