Deciding to change careers can be both exhilarating and daunting. You may even find yourself second-guessing your decisions or rethinking your plans to embark on the alternative path. Career change is not a transformation that happens instantly, or without proper planning.
Taking the time to properly weigh the options and consider all the choices before committing are essential ways to build confidence.
Many find that one of the most challenging stages of career change is the interviews. Not only do you have to explain your decision to switch careers but you also have to communicate your ability and dedication to change.
To assist you in developing a comprehensive career change plan, we have brought together some tips and information to aid you in formulating a comprehensive career change guide.
1) The Value Of A Professional Resume and Cover Letter
A professional resume and cover letter are vitally important. It is essential for your resume and cover letter to adequately reflect on why you are the ideal candidate for the key position you are applying to.
With career change, the resume objective is to highlight your portable skills and competencies and how they directly apply to the new position.
A notable example of portable or what is often referred to as transferable skills are:
The principal aim of your resume is to adequately communicate your skills in applicableness to the position to which you are applying. Focus on highlight abilities and qualities that best present you as the ideal candidate for the position.
2) Learning New Skills
Your comprehensive plan should include gaining knowledge, experience and learning new skills.
You must recognize the minimum skill and experience requirements for your new career path. With a brief assessment, you can correctly identify areas of knowledge, skill or experience where you may be lacking and of which may almost definitely improve your chances of securing the position.
You can gain this experience by taking a course, working with a coach or mentor or gaining on the job experience through a part-time job or volunteering.
3) Be Prepared To Be Integrated
There are no doubts that the reasons for your career change will come up in the interview. Expect the interrogation and that you practice answering the questions professionally.
Practice will ensure that you a prepared and these specific questions will not deviate your focus on staying calm, relaxed and professional.
Ensure your questions are well thought out and do not leave the interviewer with the impression you may be unreliable or that you are still unsure and still exploring your options.
4) Be Prepared For Cultural Change
Be open-minded and prepared when it comes to change. Not only does job culture differ from one key industry to the next but exists internally between specific departments.
Flexibility and the capacity to adapt to change are essential in any circumstances but more so when you are entering into a completely unfamiliar, diverse cultural environment.
5) Be Prepared for the Entire Process
Proper planning and elaborate preparation are vitally important when it comes to a career change.
Knowing what to reasonably expect and time to practice will not only build up your confidence but permits you to prepare for every probability. Your preparation phase must commence long before your decision to apply for a position.
This will allow you time to prepare and embark on taking steps to address any gaps in skills, knowledge or experience there might be.