10 Crucial Steps for Initiating a Successful Career Change

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10 Crucial Steps for Initiating a Successful Career Change

There are many different reasons why people go looking for a new career. Seeking better pay or job satisfaction, for example, or simply losing interest in your current field.  

No matter what the reason, finding a new career is all about preparation. Here are 10 essential tips to help you get started, curated by our in-house staffing experts:  

1. Evaluate Your Current Situation

There are a few basic questions that must be answered before any career change: 

    • What are the determining factors for deciding to change careers?  
    • Which aspect of your current job do you like / dislike?  
    • What are your salary requirements? 
    • What are the “dealbreakers” of any potential new career?  

2. Track Your Accomplishments & Update Your Resume

Once you have decided to pursue a new career, you can start preparing for success even before you decide what kind of jobs you will be looking for. Track all your important accomplishments and milestones from your current position and integrate them into your resume.  

3. Assess Your Skills & Qualifications

Changing careers might require new skills or qualifications. Conversely, the skills and qualifications that you already have might be relevant in a different industry or sector.  

4. Research Job Options

Spend some time researching which jobs and careers are a potential match based on salary, suitability, and availability. Choosing a career that is in high demand is a good way to shorten the job-finding process. 

5. If Possible, Try it Out

The job you are interested in might be available to try as a hobby. If not, use your social network to find someone in the field who might be willing to let you shadow them.  

6. Get to Know Your New Field

Once you have an idea of the new career you want to pursue, it’s time to dive deeper into the field. Reach out to professionals with jobs similar to the one you are pursuing and ask politely for an informational interview. 

7. Improve & Update Your Skillset

Now that you have a better idea of what your new job will require, it is time to get the necessary qualifications. Even if no certifications or special skills are required, classes and books can prepare you to enter the field with confidence.  

8. Tailor Your New Resume to the Specific Job You Are Applying For 

It is critical that your new, updated resume be structured specifically for the person or organization that you are submitting it to. Integrate the words and phrases of the job description, as well as those of the company’s website and social media accounts. 

9. Thoroughly Prepare for Every Interview

Know the stories and examples you want to use to demonstrate your suitability for the job. The more preparation you do for the interview, the more comfortable you will be going into it.  

10. Write Thank You Emails to your Interviewers

Even if you were not selected for the position, a thank-you email is an effective way to make sure you are remembered in a positive light should a position open up in the future.

Contact Us Today to Get Started

No matter what kind of career you are looking for, preparation is the key to a successful job search. The staffing specialists at Top Notch Personnel can help.  Call 316-425-4051 to learn more about our staffing strategies.  

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