8 Steps to Changing Careers | JobSearchTV.com
By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Changing careers can be hard. But I’ve identified 8 steps to take to do it. And the 8th is the one that is critical.
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There are eight steps to changing your career. They all involve effort, they all involve things for you to do. And let me walk through the steps for you.
The first one is getting clear about what you want to do. Now often, this starts with figuring out what you don’t want to do, and then flipping it to the other side. But you have to get a degree of clarity about what you want to do. There are many different tests that you can take. There’s one that I recommend, that’ll be in the shownotes. But start off with getting clear about what you want to do whether that’s through testing, whether that’s through informational conversations with people in fields that you’re curious about. This is probably the the step that’s going to take the most amount of time and if you are abrupt with it, you will go down too many rabbit holes, and wind up at dead ends. Instead, take the time to get clear about what you want to do.
Number two is start paying attention to what skills you have that are going to be transferable to this new field. You know, understanding what the requirements are in the new industry or field is important so that you can then start featuring some of the things that you can do based upon previous experience. Which leads to number three– getting qualified by learning new skills, to identify some of your deficiencies, and then taking the time to learn what you need to learn in order to be effective. And thus having examples of these transferable skills. And your new experience becomes important to the next organization.
Number five, practice, practice. You have to practice interviewing to highlight these experiences that you’ve have, and are developing in order to land that next job. Number six is networking. Get connected to people at all levels in your desired new field, or new position. Networking is the way most positions are filled. Thus, introductions by people who get to know you, like you trust you and respect you AND believe in you since it’s something completely different is important to you.
Number seven, don’t forget to consider jobs in proximity to what you want to do. So by that, I mean, let me just use an example. If you wanted to be an HR person, you might start off by being a recruiting assistant. It’s not necessarily what you want to do, but it’s in proximity to what you want to do so you can learn things and develop relationships that might allow you to step into the next role. Follow?And please don’t use those as an example for yourself. Identify things that might be in proximity to what you want to do, that will allow you a stepping stone to what you want to do.
And lastly, I do believe this is the most important thing, don’t give up when you run into roadblocks. Small steps taken over the course of time, move you in the right direction and will allow you to get to where you want to be. Again, you may want to take one big swing of the bat and hit the ball out of Yankee Stadium. But you may need to bunt a bunch of times in order to move the runners over (to use a baseball metaphor). You may need to take small steps over time to get you where you want to get to. And it may take more than a year to do this. But it works.
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