Changing Careers

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Changing careers can be exciting. You get to think about what you really want to do. These tips will make it easier for you.

The keys:

  • Prove that you can do the job (as any job seeker would).

  • Convince the employer that you can do the job.

"Duh," right. It is harder than it sounds. Employers tend not to take chances when they hire. They are scared, worried that the next person they hire might be an axe murderer, steal, or leave fast, so they play it safe. So, think like an employer when you write your cover letter and resume (and LinkedIn profile).

  • Read the cover letter, resume page for ways to direct your cover letter and resume to the job to which you are applying. You will focus on "transferable skills," that is, skills you have that are also needed in your new career. By doing so you will be building a "compelling reason" for being hired.

  • It is essential that you network and research the field. I wrote a great two-part blog on networking. That term makes some people anxious--they don't think they know anyone or know what to do. Read the blog--I'll show you.

How Networking Can Work

Say you found a career that you want to go into. You've read everything that you can about it, but you want to learn more. By networking, you have the opportunity to talk to someone in the job who can answer your questions. You can ask questions such as: "What do you like the most about your job? "What advice do you have for someone getting started? Is there anyone else you recommend I speak with? I list other questions in the networking blogs. Don't ask anything that you can easily find the answer to online.