What Usually Gets in the Way of Your Career Pivot | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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EP 1491 As is usually the case with a question like this, the answer is pretty obvious.

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I have gotten a couple questions from people recently about career changing or career pivoting and looking for advice given the fact that they don't know what to do next. Each of them has a different story about what their problem is that usually translates into, “I don't know what to do next.” They list a bunch of conditions that the new role has to meet or else they can't do it.

I think the biggest thing that most people struggle with in making a career shift is they want certainty. They want the certainty that all the “I’s” will get dotted and all the “t’s” will be crossed. They’ve got this huge list of requirements and, sorry, folks, it doesn't work that way. There is going to be a risk that you are going to need to take you do something else.

I want to be clear that I'm not saying leap from a frying pan into a fire and there are ways to mitigate risk. Part of the way of doing that is to talk to people who are doing the kinds of things that intrigue you or interest you or float your boat. That gives you a certain amount of information that allows you to feel more comfortable, but ultimately, this a time in your life where you are going to have to just take a deep breath (I make the sound of a deep breath) and make the leap.

I know how hard it was for me as I was approaching the change from doing executive search into career coaching. I had done search for so, so long, I was extremely good at it and it was hard. I knew my income was going to change, I knew my work day was going to change and the way my status was going to be seen was going to be different.

It was complicated for me. I remember being on a call with a coach of mine who basically help me through this transition and it was really my fear. You will have your version of this and as much as I knew about coaching from talking to people, I was still afraid of making the leap. I suspect you will be as well.

The question is all these voices in your head that tell you all the requirements . . . Some of those requirements are perfectly valid. That you don't want your kids to suffer-- . I’ve got it. Even if you have to do something on the side to support yourself while you're doing this all the thing or experimenting with this other thing-- do it.

Find out more about the new career. Do some testing that makes suggestions to you about areas of exploration. But if you keep throwing up one roadblock after another to get in the way of making your change, it just to stay miserable . . . and there's no amount of certainty that anyone can give you.

I want you to hear that again--. There is no amount of certainty that anyone can give you that the next thing you go to is good be exactly perfect. It wasn't right in this profession when you start off. If you talk to people in other fields, there's always an issue somewhere along the one that gets in the way of perfection.

Don't expect perfection. Expect improvement and you will be a lot happier. You found this helpful. Remember, there's always risk. There is always risk and something new that you do and no amount of preparation is going to be complete until you take the leap.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, 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 1400 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. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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