𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙧𝙪𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙞𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙣𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙙𝙤.
It’s important to begin a career transition by thinking the long game. Have a vision of your dream job. Think of your job drivers. What’s important to you? Time, money, benefits, 401(k), location, product offerings, company image, culture, values, progressive versus traditional setting, remote versus on-location, passionate project opportunities, etc. Each is different for each person. What motivates you? What’s your passion? What can you do that will make you happy in 2 weeks, 3 months, a year?
What industry do you want to live in, and in what role? Be specific in what you want, clarify it, write it down, consume knowledge of it, live it. Recruiters cannot help you if you nor they know what you want to do. Most people have skills and experience that can transfer nicely to another industry or job. The key is knowing how those skills reasonably transfer, and what sort of value they bring to the prospective employer. The challenge is that most are unsure of how their skills are exchangeable to other duties. If you’re an accomplished professional, it’s best to use actual methodologies, processes, skills, or technologies relating directly to the open job description and your experience.
Need help jumpstarting a plan to handle all of these thoughts? My advice is to internalize, realize, and visualize. Try to identify your relevance in terms of value to a prospective employer, internalize on what your passions are and some transferable skills and accomplishments to relay to hiring managers, a solid resume and some email communication templates (or cover letter), and a lot of patience and willpower. A good rule of thumb for the job hunter seeking a new role in a new industry is to identify your transferable skills and portray those first on your LinkedIn profile and resume. Reverse engineer your career path from your ideal job’s description and see what you have and what needs up-skilling
If you need help because resume and LinkedIn profile writing sucks, job hunting is confusing and hard, and you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, reach out to a professional who helps clients navigate this stuff all day. Be glad to chat with you during your vetting of solutions providers. Reach out if you’d like to explore a conversation together!
Also, I came across this awesome article by the team at LinkedIn showcasing some new tools for job seeker profiles! Some key takeaways include:
1. New element to its Open-to-Work option, which signals to recruiters and profile visitors that you’re open to employment offers.
2. Now, when you switch on Open-to-Work via your profile settings, LinkedIn’s system will also help you set up job alerts, so you can stay on top of relevant job listings.
3. That’ll ensure that you’re among the first to know about the latest openings, while LinkedIn’s also adding a new option in the coming weeks that will enable you to register your interest in working for an organization from their company page.
4. LinkedIn further notes that turning on Open-to-Work, either privately or in public, increases your chances of being messaged by a recruiter by 2x, while members who add the Open-To-Work profile frame are 40% more likely to receive messages from Recruiters.
5. LinkedIn’s also expanding its Skills Match listings on open roles, which displays how your listed skills match up with those in the position, while it’s also soon enabling you to share your resume details with all recruiters in the app, in order to expand your opportunities.
You can check the tools out here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/LinkedIn-New-Tools-for-Job-Seekers/643825/.
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