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EP 1658 You can start early when making a career change.  In this video, I explain a simple good strategy for beginning the transition.

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I want to talk to those of you who are considering a career change, a transition, a pivot, however you want to think of it, you're trying to move from one profession to another and considering how to do it, thinking that it's overwhelming, and, frankly, it is a large undertaking.
One of the ways to do this is to begin the process of seeing or having other people see you as the expert in the new field. Now, "What do I know," you may be thinking to yourself about my new field. "You know, I'm a beginner there. I haven't been doing anything along those lines."
You're absolutely right. You may have been taking courses; you may have an interest; you may be doing things to aspire to the new profession but you're not an expert, certainly in the eyes of the marketplace. You're definitely not an expert but what you can start doing is learning. In learning, you can e starting to brand yourself for the new profession.
Now, doing this transition, of course involves risk. After all, you're leaving your old life behind, your old professional behind and moving to something else. As you already know, through social media, one of the ways that we start to trust people and believe in people is getting to know, like, trust and respect their ideas that we discover on our own through their websites, social media presence and such.
One of the things you can do is starting to create that presence by (number one)sharing things that you think makes sense. That's really the starting place0150 0150 learning about your new career, sharing articles, videos, ideas that you have, and maybe a one or two sentence comment about it.
Start there. You want to be progressing soon and not relying upon this. Progressing soon to the idea of writing your own things, doing videos about the subject.
"Oh my God! I will be on video!" Yes, you learn to be on video. The camera's available on your computer or iPad or whatever device you use and you start sharing it and posting it to YouTube. You put it on LinkedIn. You put it on medium. You start to get known as an expert. Take an hour a week. In other words, less than 10 minutes a day to start thinking of and writing your article. Thinking of and doing your video.
The first ones are not going to be great. You know that However, with time, you will get better and although no one will initially discover you because you may not have a significant following, with time they will. Recruiters will start to reach out to you for the new professional and for the new interest that you have because they're looking to discover people.
So, as you start to feel more confident, you start changing your LinkedIn profile. You start positioning yourself there, and with what you create and share as being the expert in the new field. You'll discover that, with time (and that's the key here. With time) you'll be branded in the new way and leave the old one behind.
Again, what you create in the way of content should relate to the new field, not the old world. And, in that transition, begin positioning yourself as the expert because with time you really will be.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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