5 top tips to keep in mind when changing your career
Changing your career, or even making any change, can be quite daunting at first, particularly if it's something you've been looking to do for a while. With the current climate, some careers in industries such as events and hospitality are under threat and it might be time to start considering changing your career path.
Rebecca from SimkissGuy Recruitment has five top tips that you should keep in mind when you are making a career change.
Professional qualifications are important and will help you stand out from other applicants. If there are any qualifications that relate to your new career, it's important to look into taking these.
Sometimes if you have dipped into different job roles and then want to pursue a career within one of these such as finance or HR, knowledge is essential and these qualifications will back that up when making the next step in those types of careers.
It's not just the academic qualifications that are important, but actually softer skills such as communication, IT and organisation. All can be proved with a qualification alongside your experience.
Networking within the industry you are looking to work within is important. LinkedIn is the perfect resource tool, so connect with people in the industry and find out more about them.
Finding out more about people who work in their industry, connecting with them and interacting can make all the difference. Particularly if you are applying for a job within a specific company, showing an interest on LinkedIn will help you get noticed.
We all hear it constantly, but work experience is absolutely vital when you are changing your career to give you that tangible experience. Of course, when working a full-time job it is difficult to fit this in, but anything you are able to do, whether it is experience volunteering, or finding work experience on evenings or weekends will be hugely beneficial.
This gives you something to talk about and give examples within an interview and it will also really help you stand out from other applicants as you are able to prove your applied skills.
Try and find a mentor who works within the industry, who can offer guidance and help you get into the career you are hoping for. Finding one might sound daunting, but networking events such as conferences, virtual events and seminars are perfect to find someone who will be happy to guide you.
Tailor your CV
We cannot stress this enough, it's very important when applying for jobs to have different versions of your CV that highlight the skills required in that specific job role.
Often for a job application, hundreds of CVs will be submitted, so it's important you show your capabilities and match the skills you have to the skills they are looking for.
Many people are hesitant about making a career change, but we spend a great deal of time at work so it's really important that you do a job you genuinely enjoy.
Think about the type of career that will suit you. Do you enjoy being part of a small business? Do you want a role meeting people? Would you prefer something that meant you worked alone? All these questions are important when it comes to making the decision of changing your career.
If you're ready to take the first step towards changing your career, get in touch. Our team of advisers can help you find the right course to put you on track to achieving your new career.