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Changing Careers

It’s a tough market to try and change careers but if you are going to have any chance whatsoever you need to make sure you focus your skills to match the requirements for these types of positions. Here are 5 things to think about.

1. Research to make sure you don’t need additional schooling or credentials to perform the job. If it does, continue the research to see what it would take in terms of time and budget and determine if you are willing to make the sacrifice.

2. Don’t make the mistake of focusing on skills as if you were staying in the same field when creating your resume.

3. Many job seekers don’t realize that they need to reframe their experience so they are a match to the new type of job. Look at your talents in a different light based on the job postings of interest and create a resume that focuses on the transferable skills, so employers can immediately see your value. For example, if you are a teacher and you want to go into sales, don’t spend time talking a lot about the types of teaching programs you used or subject matter covered (unless somehow relevant to the new job). Instead talk about relationship building internally as well as outside with parents and the community. Talk about presentations, not only to students, but also to your colleagues etc. And, show your “influencing” skills, you know “selling” something to others. Such as finding sponsors within the business community to support a particular program. You get the idea.

4. Network. Network. Network. You are going to have a lot of competition from those who are already in the field you want to get into, so you need to network even more heavily than usual to get through the door.

5. Get recommendations by those you know to help employers take that leap of faith that you can successfully transition to such a role.

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