Making the change in your career
With increased access to training, learning and job opportunities as the economy powers out of recession, conditions have never been better for those looking for a career change. Here’s how to start making that dream job a reality.
There are many reasons why people might consider a career change. How and where we work has a huge impact on our wellbeing so it’s desirable to find a role that motivates and inspires on a daily basis. As with any aspect of jobseeking, the key to a successful career change is all in the approach. Once you’ve chosen a preferred field, you’re going to need to put together a strategy that will instil confidence in prospective employers that you have the right background, capabilities and passion to take on the new role. This may sound like a daunting prospect but thankfully there are a number of steps that career changers can take to bring them closer to a new working life.
A great starting point is to make time to put together a compelling covering letter. This will create that all-important first impression and is the ideal opportunity to put across your reasons for seeking a fresh challenge as well as underlining the skills and experience you can bring to the new role.
Invariably, CV’s will often need to be rewritten and tailored by career changers to best reflect their potential for a new field. Be sure to emphasise transferrable skills and capabilities that make you suitable for the new profession and highlight practical scenarios where you have used problem solving and organisational skills to achieve desirable results. Any prospective employer will rightly question whether a candidate with no experience could flourish in a new role so make sure both your CV and covering letter underline why you’ve got what it takes. You’ll probably also want to extend your profile beyond your CV so don’t overlook the opportunities afforded by social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn.
On-the-job experience is of course desirable but rarely obligatory. Research your chosen new career in depth and become an expert on the latest trends and news from the field. You’ll be surprised just how quickly you’ll be able talk knowledgeably about your chosen profession.
When it comes to sourcing actual job opportunities, nothing is more powerful than connecting and engaging with people already in the role. Research trade bodies, sector press and social media sites such as LinkedIn to identify key players and start a dialogue.
Embarking upon a career change can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences in life. It invariably takes time, research and a whole heap of planning but those jobseekers prepared to be resolute, single-minded and diligent in their quest will be best placed to make the grade.