Switching your career has become more common than ever before. People are no longer staying with companies for 10-20+ years or even sticking with the same industry. It is becoming increasingly common for people to have worked in 3 or more industries in a lifetime.
Even though switching careers has become more common, it doesn’t mean that the process of transferring industries has become any less of a hassle. Starting over from scratch can seem hard, but use these tips to help you have a more hassle-free experience if you are currently trying to make a career change.
1. Find transferable skills
No matter what your career was before there are bound to be at least a few skills that you learned which you can use to add leverage to your resume when trying to change industries completely. For example, if you’re trying to go from the medical field to journalism you can highlight the fact that you are good at handling fast paced environments and work well under pressure. You can even use some examples of times where you handled an emergency and how you were able to perform during that time.
2. Do you research
Make sure this something you really want to do. Making a career shift is a big step. You want to be sure you’re doing this for the right reasons. Read some books on the industry you are trying to break into. Talk to people who are already in the industry and who can give you perspective on the good and not so good parts of working in the field.
3. Take an internship
One of the best ways to make sure that the industry you are looking to move in is a good fit, while boosting your resume, is to take an internship. Sometimes you might even be able to find a paid opportunity so you can make a few bucks while you learn the ropes. Other times, you may have to do an unpaid internship or apprenticeship just to get some relevant experience. One of the biggest things to remember when taking this route is to remain humble. It’s really hard to go from an industry where you are well established and have a proven track record to one where you have to start frrom the ground up and prove yourself.
4. Take some classes or courses
One of the best ways to be prepared to make a career move is to get more skills! You can take classes at a local community college, online or at a trade school. You can even find some hubs like General Assembly that teach courses related to a certain industry. Some schools even help with job placement and will help you prepare your resume.
5. Attend relevant events
Most industries have many events or professional organizations you can join or attend to get a better understanding of what it would be like to break into the field. Not only will you probably be able to learn a few things, you will be meeting people who could possibly tell you about any job openings or inside tips on how to get into your desired field.
6. Update your LinkedIn
If you’re anything like me then you probably use the internet and social media for everything else so you might as well use it to get a job! Make sure to turn your settings on to make yourself open to new opportunities and you may have recruiters reach out to you. Be sure to highlight any relevant experience that you have had in the industry you are looking to break into. You should also make sure that your resume is up to date. Different industries have different standards for how to create a resume so make sure you do some research on the proper formatting and expectations of employers. If you’re looking to go into a creative field you might add a portfolio or if you are looking to break into a professional services field you might want to consider highlighting any relevant certifications you have.
Also, don’t take for granted the ability to find important decision makers in a company on the platform. LinkedIn is perfect for
stalking, connecting with people. You can try to connect with HR individuals or other people who are already well established to see what you need to do to get your foot in the door.
7. Tell your friends about what you are trying to do
Yep, just tell people what you are trying to do. You would be surprised at who might know someone who can help you get into a position or give you some relevant information.
Making a career change is already hard, but you can make it so much more easy by taking some critical steps.
Have you successfully made a career change recently? How did you do it? Share in the comments below!