Transitioning careers to success
Having spent many years working in recruitment, I recently decided it was time to pursue something rewarding. So I ditched the rat race and finally did what I’ve wanted to do for a while. Upon completing coaching qualifications, I am now practising as a Life Coach, with a niche in career transitions. My coach called Finetuned Coaching.
Looking back at my experience interviewing candidates, I discovered just how many people are dissatisfied with their jobs, have retrenched, or simply have the desire to achieve professional fulfillment in their careers.
Life changes and career moves can be overwhelming. You’re not sure what you want to do, where to do it, or how to start. The consequences of ‘getting it wrong’ can last a lifetime. Yet, the alternative of staying where you are is at best disheartening, at w, intolerable.
So, if you’ve been thinking about your career, feel like you are not progressing in your current job, or wondering what your next r rest assured you are not alone! Here are a few things to consider before making any significant career changes.
1. Remain positive Perseverance is critical. Employers hire people who are confident, show enthusiasm and demonstrate a positive attitude. Rather considering the negatives of your past employer, use it as learning experience and be insightful about what you gained from it.
2. Utilise your network Despite the multitude of job sites on the internet, as well as the local and national newspapers, the fact remains that many job opportunities are never advertised. A large number of vacant positions in Australia are filled through an informal network rather t formal advertising. Although there’s no single magic solution to uncover opportunities within the “hidden” job market, the key is tr proactive. Keep in touch with recruiters and update them on your progress. Speak to friends, family members, current and/ or pe colleagues, clients, or employers. Business and social networking events are also a great way to unearth potential vacancies.
3. Do a self-assessment ldentify your skills and have the confidence to clearly and persuasively articulate them to potential employers. You can do this b, reflecting on yourself and your experiences to highlight core skills, goals, knowledge, attributes and motivations. You will also be listing three key achievements in your recent positions. This will allow you to think about what contribution yol made to the orga It’s also a great tool to have up your sleeve in an interview. Aspects to consider include: productivity, responsibility, time management, communication skills, team work and relationship bui Consider the competencies utilised or developed in the different areas. Then determine how these experiences and skills could applied to the industry and positions you are interested in. Identify any gaps and what possible actions you could take to address such as signing up to do a short course.
4. Develop your personal brand
The career savvy are now thinking of themselves as products and devising personal brands that get them noticed. Think about v that makes you unique to others. Mat do you stand for? What are your distinct traits that would add value to an organisation? E creative as you like and have some fun with it! Consider your personality, appearance, competencies, and differentiation, and wl best communicate your unique message. Your personal brand should be an accurate reflection of who you are.
5. Do your research
ldentify two or three sectors you would ideally like to work in and do your market.research. check out their suppliers, distributors customers and competitors. Check if there are any small businesses growing within these sectors. This can inilude scanning tht industry publications, or newspapers for articles aOout-iompanies thai are eipanding, new developments, government tenders ( Make iontact before newjobs are advertised.