Guest Author - Gwendolyn Thompson
Considering a career change is a natural part of progressing in life. Deciding when to make a change can become a bit challenging. Asking yourself one question could make the decision easier. Does your current job or career provide enough pay, benefits, and interest for you?
If your answer is no to any part of the question then you should consider looking into a career change. Many different situations can prompt a no answer to part of the question such as unemployment, layoff, dislike of the job, dislike of the hours or unavailability for job advancement.
Career change planning should start with an internal evaluation of what you are looking for in a career. What are your likes and dislikes of the career that you have been working in? Research new careers that will match your likes and interests and will require the skills that you have learned.
Determine what employers are looking for in the careers that are of interest to you. Research the current and anticipated future job market for these careers. Focus on your future by networking and researching availability for these careers and begin to narrow them down to the career of your choice.
Evaluate the skills that you have to determine your transferable skills. Communication, leadership and teamwork skills are essential in every job. Any skills that you have learned or used in previous employments can be considered for new careers and need to be matched up with your career choice.
By researching you can determine if any new skills need to be learned for the career that you have chosen. These new skills can be obtained in many different ways such as volunteering, tutoring, education, internships, workshops or through a mentor. Upgrading your skills will keep you current.
A career change will require a resume change. You will want your resume to show your qualifications and skills not your job title. Your job title from previous employments should be located with your employment history and not front and center as an objective.
A well written cover letter needs to accompany your resume explaining your desire for a career change and the reasons that support it. Your are now marketing yourself to companies with a desire for your knowledge and you will need to support the skills that you have obtained along with your experience.
Now that you understand what it is that you will have to do to obtain a career change it is time for you to take action and develop your plan to obtain the career that you have chosen. Career change planning can be exciting as well as beneficial to your future.