𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗰𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 (𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿) 𝗿𝘂𝘁?
My best advice for career shifters is to deal with this transition by taking a mental break first…then 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 description and see what you have and what needs up-skilling.
Think 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?
Now the job hunt…
I always tell my clients to gain confidence by researching the role, and investigating the industry, major players, products/offerings/services, and news. Learn the terminology and respective process impact in this new role. Understand the function your new role would play in the entire operations. Why is there an opening? What pain points do the hiring managers have because of the opening? The single best piece of advice for possessing confidence during an interview is to ensure you have all your project narratives in order and ready to share each success depending on the question, equip yourself with the company, competitor, and industry knowledge to help tie that expertise into a few of your answers, and finally understand why the job is open and what pain points that hiring manager is experiencing due to the vacant role. Get your stories down. Your narratives are vital, not only for the job but for your pay rate! Pay attention to the industry/competitors and company’s news, and the open role within the industry. The more knowledge and understanding of the value you present, stories to share of your accomplishments, and understanding of the role/company, the more confidence.
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