Not in love with your job? Things to consider before making a career change
Are you in a career rut? Do you dread going to your job? Do you wonder how you ended up doing what you’re doing? Are you jealous of your friends and family who LOVE what they do? Maybe it’s time for a career change.
About four years ago, at the age of 34, I left an almost 10 year career in medical sales to become a commission only recruiter. While I was lucky that my leap of faith worked out, I wish I had taken a more methodical approach to switching careers. Changing careers is risky and scary, but can be incredibly rewarding. If you are thinking about making a pivot in your career, I suggest that you consider the following advice:
1. Find out your why. Ask yourself why you want to embark on a new career. Start by evaluating your current job satisfaction. Which parts of your current job do you like or dislike? Are you unhappy with the content of your job, co-workers or company culture? Why do you think making a career change will improve your life? Understanding your reasons for leaving will help you determine whether a total career change is necessary.
2. Do your research. Prior to committing to change, determine what your new career would look like or not look like. Get online, speak with people in the field, research job boards to see if your “dream job” exists, and research salary expectations for your new career. Doing this research will make it clear whether a career change makes sense financially, professionally, and personally.
3. Learn what steps you will need to take to be an appealing candidate in this new field. Will you need additional education, licenses, etc.? If so, find out how much you will have to invest up front in terms of time and money, and determine whether the payoff outweighs the cost.
4. Lean on your network. Reach out to your personal and professional network and ask for help connecting you with potential employers in your new field. Test out your transition story on your personal and professional network to ensure that it is coming across as you intended, then adjust where necessary.
5. Rebrand yourself. While your career transition might make perfect sense to you, you need to make sure it’s obvious to potential employers. Create cover letters and update your resume and LinkedIn profile in a way that highlights relevant transferable skills from previous jobs that will demonstrate why you are the perfect fit for your desired role.
6. Build relationships. Connect with successful people in your desired field on LinkedIn or through your network. They can become a huge source of advice and knowledge about your new career.
Changing careers can be a terrifying endeavor. However, if you do your research and follow a plan, your calculated risk could result in a life-changing, rewarding career. Happy Hunting!
PRIDE Healthcare is a leading recruitment firm specializing in staffing clinical and non-clinical professionals in the healthcare field. Please reach out if you are looking for something new, or could use some career advice.
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