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Career Advice Changing Careers

Our top tips for a successful career change

So you’re thinking about making a career change? Great! A new year is a perfect time to start fresh and pursue your dream job. But changing careers can be tough, so we’ve put together our top tips to help you make a successful transition. Keep reading to learn more!

Self-reflect on your current role

It might be time for a career change if you’re feeling bored in your role and not particularly passionate about what you’re doing. This could be reflected in feelings of stress, even loss of sleep. If dreading the start of the week is becoming a regular occurrence, or if you have no further drive to progress your career, then it’s important that you self-reflect and pull the trigger on making some changes if necessary. Don’t let yourself become stuck and uninspired!

Define your goals – what do you want to achieve in your new career?

Knowing where to start when looking for a new job or career change can be difficult, but defining your goals is an important first step on the path to success. Knowing what you hope to achieve with your new position will help inform future decisions and guide you towards prospective employers who are likely to offer more of what you are looking for. Spend some time mapping out all the skills, experiences and opportunities that you would like from your next role – what skills do you want to develop? What aspects of the role should bring you satisfaction? Define these goals, keep them close and use them as a yardstick for measuring potential job opportunities. It’s a great way to get started on your journey!

Do your research – learn as much as you can about the industry you’re interested in

If you’re considering a career change or actively looking for a new job, doing your research is vital to finding the right fit. Spend time educating yourself about the industry that interests you and looking into potential positions. Learn about required qualifications and experience from employers, consider any opportunities to gain experience, discover who is hiring and target those companies; the more information you have, the better equipped you will be to make the right decision. Remember to consider how motivated and challenged you will feel in each role as well as what kind of impact it might have on your personal life when making your final decision.

Create a strong CV and cover letter that will grab the attention of potential employers

Landing a new job or making a career change is daunting, but creating the perfect CV and cover letter is key for grabbing the attention of potential employers. Starting with outlining your top skills and working experience, provide meaningful examples that showcase how you could be an asset to the company. Creating an effective summary to introduce yourself while highlighting what makes you different can be highly beneficial. Finally, select a professional design that provides neatness and structure while enabling your creativity and personality to shine through.

Be prepared for interviews by knowing what to expect and having answers ready

Before heading into an interview, research the company and position ahead of time so you know the questions they may ask. Have answers prepared and stories ready – employers will appreciate hearing real-life examples of how you successfully overcame challenges in past roles. Finally, practice speaking with yourself beforehand to feel more at ease when communicating during the interview. Being proactive and organized is always impressive!

Finally, don’t give up – a successful career change takes time and perseverance

The new year often brings with it a feeling of wanting to make changes, whether it be trying something new or transitioning into a different career. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t give up! Making a successful career change can take time and require perseverance. Utilize all the resources at your disposal – create a strong resume, build relationships through networking, research current trends in your prospective industry. Just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day, and sometimes taking one step at a time is the best course of action. With patience and effort, it is entirely possible to succeed in making a career change.

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