PA’s Julie Redfield, talent management expert, offers her advice on how to prepare for a career change.
How do you know when it’s time to make a career change? Julie says, “if you have lost some of your passion, energy and motivation, it’s time to reflect on why. It may be that there a few things that you can fix within your current job situation to raise your aspirations once again, or it may be time to consider a career change. The real question is: how do you know the difference between needing a small tune up, or a major career overhaul?"
Discussing barriers to making a career change, Julie says, “The most common barrier people discuss with me is the sense that they are giving up a known quantity to take a leap of faith that they will find a job in a new field.”
For the resume, Julie advises career changers who don’t have previous experience in the desired field of interest to “emphasise the projects you’ve been involved with and the business outcomes you have achieved. In today’s world, most jobs cross functional lines and do not operate in silos. Strong influencing skills, orchestrating across different functions and achieving results are what new employers are often looking for. Design your resume to start with your experiences and competency areas, not job titles.”
Julie also recommends networking when you are trying to break into a new industry. She suggests joining industry associations and making contacts in the field that sparks your interest. She notes, “It’s amazing how much people will help you when you ask for help.”
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