Career Advice from Monster
Switching Gears by Alison Doyle
Changing careers can be intimidating and overwhelming without knowing where to begin. Generalized career advice is often confusing and misleading for those going back into the workforce after long stints from a career. Use the following information to help gain clarity.
1. Clarify long term and short term goals: Answer the core questions of why you're changing careers.
2. Consider taking an assessment: Learn more about yourself. Changes happen over time and reassessing your personality and interests is critical.
3. Identify transferable skills: Research the company and job description of interest. Determine gained skills from previous work experience that will be significant for your next work experience.
4. Update your resume: Remember that new vocabulary and descriptions are needed for a new field of interest. Since a resume should be customized for a specific job, find the qualifications needed and highlight your skills as well as those transferrable from your past to connect to this new career opportunity.
5. Create a personal mission statement: Identify your purpose and vision, when unsure of your next step, a mission statement can help you plan a new direction.
6. Develop a networking plan: Set goals, make a list, write thank you notes, solidify references, create a social media network, and a personal network. Let your friends and family know of your decision to change your career. Maintain your network and understand the importance of working hard in everything you do!
7. Gain as much practical experience as possible: Whether you volunteer or find an internship, exhaust opportunities to gain experience while still employed. It will help to define your career path and build your resume.
8. Practice your interview skills: Go to our interviewing page for sample questions and insight. Make sure you are prepared to make the best impression possible!