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Re-evaluate your Skills
Ok, so you’ve done everything right, got your training, got your experience, everything you’re supposed to do…and now you don’t like it. It’s overwhelming to realize that the Career Path you’ve chosen isn’t right for you anymore. What now? It’s a great time to look at the skills and attributes you already have that could apply to a different position!
Building on a Skill you already have is one of the easiest (and most sure-fire ways) to get a job that you already have some proven experience in as well and ensuring that you know what you’re getting into when trying to break into a new industry.
Pick A New Direction/Interest
Now that you know what your good at, you can do the fun part and figure out what you like! Ask yourself a few questions:
It’s important that you are REALLY honest with yourself here… it’s your life that you have to live! Pick what is right for you, your goals, your life, and your future.
Get the Education
Education can seem daunting when you’ve got bills to pay, a family to feed, and haven’t been to school in a long time. Don’t let it stop you! Taking courses gives you credibility in the industry, as well as showing that you are a person that is always looking to better yourself and that you can take change in stride (Employers like that!). This is where you’ll run into roadblocks, not enough time, money etc. Here’s a couple ways to side-step those issues while still moving toward your goal:
For example, if you are looking to get into Camp Jobs, a Heavy Machine Operator’s Course will get you Short Listed to the top of the pile every time.
Get the Experience
As any High School/College/University graduate will tell you, getting someone to give you the time of day when you are unproven and untried can be extremely difficult. A lot of people get caught up in the fact that they need a certain salary, a full time position, etc. etc. but there are some ways to get this desperately needed experience without “losing your shirt”, so to speak.
Update your Resume
This is one of the MOST important parts of the process. Keeping useless information on your resume makes things cluttered and irrelevant. You may get turned down for jobs that you are completely qualified for just because they didn’t bother to wade through all the extra information. The way to stand out to an Employer is:
But here is where it gets tricky… it is easy to assume this means that you should just leave off any Work History and Experience that isn’t exactly to do with this position; But that puts holes in your resume that leave employers wondering “What did he/she do for 4 years between Job A & Job B?”.
The answer to this is to look through all your Job History and pick out responsibilities and skills that are relevant to the position your trying to get, for example: I was an Banquet Event Coordinator in a hotel and was trying to get an Office Administrator job so I went through all the different duties, responsibilities, skills, and attributes that I had from each job that correlated with the position I was trying to gain. So when I made my resume it said “ABC Hotel – Using Multi-line Phone System, Billing Procedures, Email/Phone Correspondence, etc. etc.”, while leaving out things such as, “Coordinating Functions of up to 400 people, Setting Rooms, and Intermediate Napkin Folding Skills”.
As a Recruiter, these are the resumes that I jump for joy when I see. Make your next employer thank their lucky stars that YOU chose to work with THEM. These are some tips I learned during my (many) interviews. Do you have any other ideas? What worked for you? How did you change careers? Comment!