Changing careers isn’t as simple as just updating your resume to highlight your “transferrable skills” and then applying for random job openings in various professions that sound interesting.
There are many considerations before changing careers. For example, you’ll need to:
- Determine what career you want to pursue. Otherwise, if you try going in too many different directions at once, it’s unlikely that you’ll get very far. Think of it like hiking; is it possible to hike to the summit of five different peaks at the same time? Of course not–you can’t be on five trails at the same time!
- Identify what the requirements are for your chosen career. Will it require additional education, training, or certifications? Is it very important to have experience in the field to get a job, meaning that you would need to intern, freelance, or volunteer first?
- Find a mentor in the new field. I can’t stress this enough. Research is great, and career coaches are helpful, but receiving guidance from someone who actually works in the field that you want to be in is very valuable. They can provide you insight that could save you time and money as you transition.
- Plan to network, network, network. If you lack experience and qualifications in a field, applying for advertised job postings is the worst possible way to look for a position in that field. If you’re not familiar with the nuances of networking, this is something you can work on in the job search coaching process.
I’ve helped many clients change careers, and I’ve also had clients who attempted a career change, but stumbled–so I know first-hand what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to career change.
Do you need help with career change?
If you’re interested in changing careers, you would need to identify your career of choice before we begin the process of developing your resume and LinkedIn profile. That’s because your resume and LinkedIn profile need to be tailored and targeted toward your target job.
When decision makers are reviewing your resume, they are looking for a round peg for a round hole–meaning someone who’s a perfect fit for the job in question. If your resume is too general and broad, you’ll seem like a square peg.
I know it’s hard to figure this out on your own. The good news is that I work with career counselors who can help you, or I can refer you to a career counselor.
You’ll need to identify your career of choice before we begin the process of developing your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Please bear in mind that career counseling services to help you identify a new career typically run $1000-$2000 or more, and that’s NOT including any resume preparation or LinkedIn assistance, so your total investment for professional help in this career transition might be in the ballpark of $2000-$4000 or more.
If you don’t think you can afford professional help with everything and had to choose, I wouldn’t recommend you hire someone for resume and LinkedIn help
On your end, remember that career change requires hard work, self-reflection, and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone.
Do you need free or low-cost career change resources?
Working with private career counselors isn’t right for everyone. Here are some free and low-cost resources that you might find helpful:
- The book “Jump Ship: 10 Steps to Starting a New Career”
- The book “From Paycheck to Purpose: The Clear Path to Doing Work You Love” by Ken Coleman
- The “What Color is Your Parachute?” workbook (the book is famous; the workbook is especially helpful)
- Government offices that offer free career counseling (in California, it’s the Employment Development Department, with offices statewide)
If you’d like to explore how I can help you, please schedule a free call.