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Tips to Change Careers and How to Position Yourself for a Job in a New Industry


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A presentation of tips to change careers and position yourself for a job in a new industry.

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Tips to Change Careers and How to Position Yourself for a Job in a New Industry

  1. 1. Most Americans end up seeking to change careers at least once during their professional lives, but that fact does little to quell the nerves of those who are considering a similar move.
  2. 2. Although it’s possible to change careers, it’s not an easy task. In uncertain times marked by economic recession, the challenges are even greater, and the open job positions even fewer. It will likely take a lot of hard work to successfully make the transition across jobs and industries.
  3. 3. “ Do some job research Beforehand ”
  4. 4. If you’re feeling discontent but aren’t sure where to turn to help you change careers, it’s time to do some job research. try taking some assessment tests to determine whether your skill set and/or personality are a good fit for any particular job field.
  5. 5. Resources like the Bureau of Labor Statistics are a great place to find this information. You might also focus on jobs in education, health and government, all of which are currently hiring above the national rate and have relatively low points of entry into their respective industries.
  6. 6. “ Accept the risks ”
  7. 7. Pursuing a new professional path carries a lot of uncertainties and risks, and you need to be prepared for them. Are you truly unhappy at your job or merely dissatisfied? Are you planning on quitting your job before you find another? Can you afford to do so? Are you willing to accept that your next position might also fail to be rewarding, and you could end up moving backward in terms of income and job prestige?
  8. 8. “Pursue occupational training ”
  9. 9. In your pursuit to change careers, If you find a new professional path that requires certain training and/or certifications, it’s essential that you go out and get them. Because the odds are working against you as a professional looking to change careers, you need to prove that you are serious about making the switch and not just window shopping for an easier way to earn a living.
  10. 10. “ Aim lower to get in quicker ”
  11. 11. It can feel like a shot to your pride at first, but if you’re eager to get going on your new career path, you might have an easier time taking a position less prominent than the one you currently have. Remember that you aren’t trapped forever in that position, you’re only taking it to get a foot in the door and change careers to your new field of work.
  12. 12. Once you have made the jump to a new industry, you can focus on climbing the ranks and proving yourself in your new position. And it won’t be long before people forget you ever worked somewhere else.
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