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Opening doors to your new career

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Switching careers is not as simple as just getting a new job; even if you send out a top-notch resume you’re not likely to qualify for any job outside your current industry because your skills and experience don’t necessarily match the criteria for other careers. If you’re entertaining the thought of starting anew, you need to find new ways of opening the doors to new possibilities.

Narrow down your options

The first thing you should do when considering a career change is deciding on what you don’t want to be doing. If you hate doing paperwork in your current career, you can eliminate admin and office jobs. You can free yourself from being chained to a desk by choosing an outdoor job, or one that involves more movement. If you’re hoping to end up in a top position one day, a five year plan can outline the steps you need to take to get there. Your plan should outline how you’re paying for new qualifications, the position you’re hoping to get, and where you hope to end up after a few years’ experience.

Be open to starting from scratch

It’s reasonable to assume that when you’re starting a completely new career you will have to go back to the beginning. That might involve going back to college to get the right qualifications, or beginning at the very bottom of an industry ladder. In either case, you’ll need to look into your options for learning new skills, and visit jobapplicationcenter.com for career and application information for the industries that interest you. It could be years before you work your way up the industry ladder again, so you have to be certain that this is what you want.

Get qualified

You can learn the skills you need by going back to school full time, through an online course, or signing up for part-time classes. Even if you change your mind all over again (remember, this is allowed) furthering your career with education is never a bad thing. Studying part time while maintaining a job will show employers that you have enough drive and motivation to go after something you want. The degree itself will also help you develop a wide range of skills in addition to learning about the subject itself.

If you don’t quite have the funds for a formal education, you could also try volunteering. The right volunteering role could help you break into a new industry by giving you valuable experience, or help you narrow down your interests so you better know which industry you might try working in next.

Connect with people

You don’t have to take on this career change alone. Once you’ve decided on a new career path, reach out to any contacts you know who already work in the industry, or use social media platforms such as LinkedIn to make new connections within the industry. People in your network can provide inside information about job-openings and can even champion you to hiring managers.

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