If you’re unsatisfied in your career or stuck in the wrong job, start making a career change by using these five career transition steps.
Start With Finding Out ‘Why’!
This is the most important step. We all know everything starts with why. Why do you want to leave your current job? Why are you thinking of making a career change? What do you really want to be doing and why? Maybe you already are in touch with your purpose or maybe you’ve never thought about it, but connecting with your why can keep you going when the going gets tough.
Imagine Yourself In New Position!
This is important. Before you take any steps at all, you have to imagine yourself in a new position. Where will you work? What will you do there? What will you be paid? How will you feel in this new role? Flesh out your vision as much as possible and hold onto it.
Recreate Your Resume!
A resume is your principal marketing material and it needs to reflect your latest achievements in a way that highlights your suitability for the next big role. A great resume for a career change is critical; do not do this step half-heartedly. Remember, a great resume may not necessarily get you the job, but a bad one can certainly kill your opportunity.
Research, And More Research!
It’s a good idea to do your own homework. Figure out what companies out there match your values and do the kinds of things you want to be doing and what qualifications they require from candidates. Do not, under any circumstances become afraid of what you may find out. It is possible you will learn you need more experience or education, but knowledge is power.
Put Yourself In Market!
Now that you have identified the companies where you’d like to work and ascertained that you have the skills required for your new job, see if you can get an introduction. Use LinkedIn or other professional networking forums to determine who you know at your target company, or can introduce you to someone there, and reach out.
Believe in yourself. There’s no reason why you can’t find yourself making a career change; the secret to getting there is to be methodical, determined and pursue it!