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Are You Using The Best Career Change Strategies?

 

Do you have a career change strategy?

Implementing the best career change strategies can be your secret weapon for success when you need to make career decisions and commence your job search.

If you are reading this article, I presume that you have reached the point when you are clear that changing your career is a very likely option for you. Good – Realization is only a few steps away from making a decision, which is only a few steps away from taking an action, so you are definitely on the right track! You don’t need to tear your hair out about it!

To help you move from the “thinking stage” to the “action stage”, let me introduce the following strategies to you. I am sure they can make you better prepared for what lies ahead on this adventure called “career change”.

Treat a career change as you would treat any other project.

Being a business professional, you understand you need a final goal, a deadline, some action plan and, most importantly, some actions! Make sure that you devote a dedicated amount of time every day towards this “project”.

The “action steps” do not have to be huge, especially if you are still employed and, of course, if your deadline is not dangerously close.  Read about widely about the best career change strategies to determine what is going to suit your personal style and your industry.

Pace yourself but do something every day. Even going for a coffee with a friend but taking the opportunity to ask openly for his help or her useful contacts is a step. From my own experience and those of my clients too, very often the invisible dots connect in a mysterious way and your dream job offer may come from a completely unexpected source. Yet when you track it back, you understand how it started from your own small actions.

Focus and use your time effectively.

If you are in a situation when your time is limited, be very careful about how you spend the time you want to dedicate to your job/business search. Look at your options and choose the one that you believe has the potential to get you to your goal the fastest.

It might come as a surprise to you but by far the biggest percentage of your time should be spent on networking. The rest of your time should be split between very targeted job screening/applying and advertisement answering. But be under no illusion and understand that networking is by far the fastest job seeking strategy. If you haven´t mastered this skill yet, you better start practicing it straightaway.

Networking is the golden key to a successful career change; the best of the best career change strategies.

Look at what you have to offer from the employer´s perspective.

Imagine you are the employer who would be considering giving you a job.

Then, having that knowledge, adjust your resume to fit their needs. Emphasize those parts of your experience that might catch their attention first. For example, let´s say your background is in marketing. If you apply for a job in an advertisement agency, you would want to talk about your experience in the creative part of marketing.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a marketing job in a large company, you would want to present a solid knowledge of their customers.  You’d point out your ability to work within a structure, be a part of a team and emphasise your desire to learn and grow. Your past experience is still the same; you are just presenting it in a different manner.

Understand that getting a job takes time and diligence.

When you enter the arena of job search, you are joining many others who have exactly the same objective. Remember:

  • Make sure you are better prepared.
  • Have your plan and follow it.
  • Don´t be distracted and don´t get discouraged.
  • Keep your vision/final goal firmly in sight.

And if you need help, career coaching ensures you keep your focus sharp. Consider it an investment in your future. You will have a huge advantage over the people who are just stumbling along with no clear path set in front of them.

You may like to spend some time looking at Empowering TED Talks To Inspire A Career Change.

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[Updated April1, 2019]

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Jenni Proctor

Hi, I'm Jenni Proctor from Boomers Next Step. Remember when the formula for success in life was simply to strive for good marks at school, gain qualifications, get a great job, work hard and save for your retirement? Yes, I believed it too! For years my husband David and I wanted to develop a business that we could operate anywhere in the world, but both of us were educated to be employees.  We had entrepreneurial dreams and ideas, but still had employee mindsets. 14 years ago I took the giant leap!  I left my job in Education to start a business as a Career Counsellor and Coach, helping mature adults transition from one career path to another, and particularly from employment to entrepreneurship.  I had studied long and hard to gain new qualifications but sadly I hadn’t learnt how to market my new business. About 12 years ago we realized that we were not tracking well towards having the sort of retirement we wanted. We’d saved; we’d invested; and like so many other people we’d also lost some money along the way. It didn’t help that my business was not bringing in as much as I had been earning as an employee. Our dreams of extensive travel and helping our family were being replaced by a growing concern that we would outlive our savings. It seemed that a traditional retirement would not allow us to maintain the lifestyle we wanted. I love helping people plan the next phase of their lives, but we realized that was not going to be enough.  We needed a way to create an income stream that would pay for the travel and other lifestyle luxuries we wanted, that would provide mental stimulation, and would interest us both.

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