You feel it in your gut. You know it’s time for a change. But does the thought of switching careers paralyze you with fear?
Making a career change isn’t just about money. It can renew your purpose in life, benefiting your emotional well-being.
To help you take action, here are five actionable tips to change your career for the better.
1. Find Your ‘Why’
You dislike your current career, but do you understand why you’re so unhappy?
Uncovering the ‘why’ in this equation can identify patterns that are damaging to career success.
This way, you won’t fall into the same damaging patterns when making a career change.
The best way to find your ‘why’ is to ask yourself questions:
- Why am I so unhappy in my current career?
- What am I expecting from a career change?
- What attracts me to a certain career path?
As you dissect how you’re feeling, you’ll start to see things a little more clearly.
2. Gradually Re-Brand Yourself
Once you have an idea of where you want to go, start crafting a ‘brand’ to match.
Brands aren’t just for multinational companies. Professionals like yourself need personal brands to connect with potential employers.
Social media is a great place to start. Especially, LinkedIn and Twitter. You may also want to brand your personal Facebook page, as future employers will be looking there too.
Here are a few things you’ll need for branding your accounts:
- A professional headshot
- A bio that reflects experience, skills, and objectives
- Degrees, awards, and certificates
- Relevant publications
You should also follow influencers in your career niche and post content relevant to your target career.
3. Write a Fresh Resume
A fresh resume is an important piece of your personal brand as well. Uploading your resume to LinkedIn, Indeed, and other major job-seeking sites is a good way to get on employers’ radar.
If it’s been years since you’ve written a resume, don’t fret.
There are professional resume writers who can help. Microsoft Word and Google docs also have plenty of resume templates to choose from.
When writing your resume, do your best to get everything on one page. You can do this by being as concise as possible when describing your career experience.
Remember to tweak your resume to each job you applied for, as well.
4. Get Trained
Worried you don’t have the experience needed for making a career change?
Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to get the training you need to switch to a more fulfilling career.
You don’t have to travel to a physical campus either. There’s online training to learn more about your industry’s most in-demand skills.
Once you have a clear idea of the skills you need to advance, look for any reputable certificate programs offered in that area. A professional certificate in your target industry makes a wonderful addition to your resume.
5. What Are Potential Employers Looking For?
Another way to understand what your target industry wants is to look at current job listings. You may not be qualified now, but it will give you a goal to work toward.
Not only do job listings describe the skills you need, but they outline the type of attitude your potential employers are looking for.
When applying, remember to use similar keywords from the job listing you’re responding to. You definitely want to do this in your cover letter.
You want future employers to know that you speak their language.
Your Next Step in Making a Career Change
Ready to take the plunge?
These five tips are a great start to building the confidence you need for making a career change
You don’t have to navigate your career change alone, either. Bookmark our blog to discover more valuable tips to inspire you on your professional Journey.