Ready for a New Career? Here’s How to Make the Shift

New PathAre you restless in your current job? Are you thinking about trying something new? After much consideration, it may be time to journey down a new career path. So how exactly do you do that? Making a big career shift isn’t always an easy process. You have to overcome a lot of objections from the people around you, and your own inner voice. But here are some questions to answer when looking at a career transition.

How can you show your skills?

When you’re transitioning to a new position it is important to demonstrate to potential employers that the skills you already possess are transferable to the new industry. In most cases, skills are easy to shift to a new job or industry, but the language we use to describe them is often single-minded. Rework your resume using the skills you have and placing them in the context of the new job. Consider a skills-based resume if that will help make your case to potential companies.

Will you need to take a step down?

In some cases, you may have to start back from the beginning in order to transition your career. The years of experience you have may not translate as easily to the new job. Be humble and gracious and spend this new time learning everything you can so advancement will come naturally. You might need to take a lower-level job than you are used to, but showing a tenacious work ethic and experience can help you find promotions faster.

Who do you talk to?

When you are choosing to leave one career for another, some of your success may lie in who you communicate with about the transition. Find out the right places in your community or online to network and get the word out that you are in the market. Talk to people who already know you and see if they have any connections in the new field. Find a mentor to share their success stories and learn from their mistakes.

Where do you start?

You may also want to start with some of the basics. Can education help you move forward or add to your resume to help you reach the right people and the right jobs? Do your research and come to the table prepared for anything. The more you know, the more attractive you will be to potential employers. Employers will notice if you are just frustrated in your job and looking for anything new as opposed to a job candidate who has done their research and a lot of thought into a career shift.

If you are looking for a change in your career, our talented recruiters are here for you. Contact a leading staffing agency in Texas with a number of locations throughout the state. Reach out to our great team today!


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