Why Are You Looking for a Job in a Different (Industry/Career/Field)

This is actually a very easy question but it’s how you tell the story that’s the most important part of this. This is what you do. You have to kind of get “sincere” on them.

You have to slow your speech down because most people when they hear slower speech start to think that a person is being very sincere. So, intentionally break eye contact to give the impression of being introspective. Only do it for a second by looking down, and then you come back to their eyes and you say, “You know, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and what I’ve come to realize is, as much as I enjoy working for my current firm, I’m not really satisfied in the industry,” or “I’m not satisfied in this field,” whatever it is.

“I’ve spent a lot of time to do soul searching to come to this conclusion. It’s been really hard because what I’m doing is going to take a lot of risks and I think a lot of my skills are transferrable to yours. But, I just came to realize that I wasn’t completely satisfied doing this kind of work.”

Again, what I did was slow my speech down, speak with a degree of sincerity. That’s the way it needs to sound to the listener. That’s the way you have to demonstrate it.

So, again, it’s not just what you say that’s going to matter but it’s going to be how you tell the story that’s going to be so important to figure out whether or not or for an employer to figure out whether or not they can believe you.

That’s really what they want to do. They want to believe you. You have to be prepared for the follow-up which is, “So, what skills do you have that are transferable?”.

Whether you use that language from the previous answer or not, trust me, they’re going to ask that question and. you need to be prepared with follow-up answers to that question.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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