Top career change tips
Could it be a New Year New Job for you?
Considering a career change is a difficult one but many of us have skills from previous jobs and it may be time to resurrect these abilities.
And given the volatility of today’s job market and the scarcity of employment, 2013 could be the time to embrace a move into a different line of work.
Julie Measures, training manager for Leicester-based recruitment consultancy Barker Ross, said: “It’s important to look at the job market and check what qualifications employers are looking for in the job roles you are interested in.
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“If qualifications aren’t for you then consider opportunities within your present job to take on new roles or projects than enable you to develop your skills in other areas, helping you become more rounded and give you opportunities to develop the Key Achievements section in your new CV.
“Volunteering can help you gain some valuable skills and experience, particularly if you are aiming to take your career in a different direction.
“The key though is to think “Skills” – what skills will a potential employer want and what can you do to demonstrate you have them?”
Here are Jobsite’s top 10 tips for employees looking to change their career.
1) Ask yourself why you want to change career?
Why are you applying to work for a company and what difference can you make? Employers will want to know that you want to work for their company for the right reason.
2) What’s your logic behind the move?
Is it for career aspiration, for money motivation, or geography? Working out the answers to these will help you decide if it’s the right job for you, which will in turn help you prepare for your interview should you decide to apply and be lucky enough to get invited for one.
3) Develop a plan.
Fail to plan, plan to fail, is the saying. Having a good career transition plan will provide a blueprint for a successful change. Work out what you want to achieve, think about what you need to get there, and put a strategy together.
4) Are you prepared to take a step back for a long-term advantage?
It may be that you have to start off in a new company a couple of rungs further down the ladder than you might have expected, with a view to moving back up the chain once you have established yourself.
5) Do your homework.
When you go for interview, be armed with an arsenal of questions about the company. Literally take a side of A4 with you – even if some of them have been covered by the rest of the interview you can visibly tick them off while you are running through them. It will make you look like you have prepared, that you are organised, and will impress your interviewer.
6) Can your family situation cope with a change of career?
Particularly if you have children, consider the impact of moving jobs – financially, the emotional upheaval and potential geographic change.
7) Don’t mention money.
Even if you are moving jobs for financial reasons, never talk about the finances of a job move in the interview. It’s a real turn-off for employers and something which should be sorted out either beforehand or after the interview by you and your recruitment company.
If you do fancy a change of industry and there’s something that you want to learn, there’s no harm in contacting a market leader, telling them what you have and asking if you have the relevant skills. You’ll get an honest and open answer and you will show that you have something about you – you might even get offered a position!
9) Speak to further education establishments.
If you have a new job in mind and you need some qualifications, then further education may be a good way to go about it. It’s also worth noting that when a role requires you to be educated to degree level, there are many ways of achieving this without actually doing a three year degree course, so speak to local further education colleges as they will help you determine the best route for you to achieve your goals.
10) Do some volunteering.
It will look better on your CV if you have made the effort to pick up some experience relevant to the new industry you are applying for. It will also impress employers that you were prepared to work for free in order to pick up the necessary experience.