Changing careers can be daunting at the best of times, it is often particularly so when you are changing careers in your 40s or over. Our ten point guide walks you through some of the main challenges and how to overcome them
Work on overcoming your fears
We know what we are doing no longer interests us or provides us with the right kind of job satisfaction but we stay in the job because its familiar.
Acknowledge your fears and seek ways to overcome them. This might include speaking with a mentor or career coach who can help you address your concerns
Assess your skillset.
Before you can market yourself, you need to have a clear picture of what your strengths are and how they relate to your chosen career path. Conducting an career assessment. Understanding your professional self ensures you know exactly what you need to share with hiring managers so you can make a stronger impression and earn the respect you want and deserve will help you promote your best assets.
Know what you value most
As we grow older we often find that our values and priorities change. This is why many people in their mid or late career often find that they become bored or uninterested in a job they once enjoyed. Unless you are clear on what your personal values are, you may find you leave your present job only to take up a new one which you come to detest.
Set out a clear list of wants
Make sure before you start your career search that you are clear on what you want in a new job. Is flexible working an important criteria for you? Do you want to work locally? Perhaps you want a job that allows you to meet new people all the time? All these will be important considerations to think about as part of your job search.
Qualify your transferrable skills
Just because you are starting out with a new career doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. Very often we have skills that we have gained in our previous jobs that will stand us in good stead in our new one. List and understand what skills you have and which ones are might be similar to what a future employer may be seeking.
Create a winning CV
Recruiters spend an average of 8 seconds reviewing CVs Having a tailored CV increases your chances of getting shortlisted for interview. A tailored CV means that you can ensure you include the most relevant information and keywords.
The brand new you
We often hear people talking about brands and often associate this with large corporates or businesses. In today’s online world of social media, it’s important to also have a personal brand. A personal brand is your reputation. It’s your calling card. It’s what you’re known for and how people experience you. It’s about bringing who you are to what you do and how you do it. It can help open doors and create a positive impression of who you are and what you can offer a prospective employer
Prepare for your interview
Remember the 5 Ps – proper preparation prevents poor performance. This holds true when it comes to attending interviews. This point may seem obvious, but there are many people who walk into job interviews without any preparation. Even the most basic preparation such as visiting the company’s website to find out a bit about the company and what they do can make the difference between success and failure at an interview
9. Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is remains one of the most powerful professional online networks. This is where you are most likely to find people you may have lost contact who you can connect with. An increasing number of recruitment agencies and employers use LinkedIn as a key component in their talent management strategy. A completed LinkedIn profile significantly increases your chances of being found on LinkedIn as part of any keyword search
10 Develop your Networking Strategy
Research suggests that over 80% of jobs not advertised, which means they are part of the hidden job market. Using your network of family, friends and work colleagues, past and present greatly increases your chances of moving into a job in your chosen field. This is especially important when you are changing careers and moving into a new profession. Make a list of your contacts and reach out to them as part of your job search strategy.
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