Are you feeling stuck in your current career and interested in making a change? For many people who desire a career change, it is a lack of relevant experience that holds them back. If you can relate and find yourself in this boat, there is no need to let a lack of experience hold you back. There are things you can do to overcome this challenge and acquire the skills you need to make a successful transition.
The Secret is Transferable Skills
It is easy to dismiss an open position when you see the job requirements and realize that you do not have any direct qualifications. However, what many people do not realize is that they probably have valuable skills that are relevant to other career fields.
For instance, skills such as the ability to communicate effectively with clients, work with certain computer programs or operate pieces of equipment are just a few examples of transferrable skills that you may not even realize you have.
Have a Mindset to Start Over
Depending on how far up the ladder you are in your current career, it is important to realize that you may not be able to jump laterally into a new career. More than likely, you will have to work your way from the ground up in a new career; go back to the basics. This may even mean you have to take a temporary pay cut until you work your way back up in your new career.
Willingness to Learn
When applying to positions in your desired career field, express a willingness to learn any part of the job you aren’t familiar with. This may include self-teaching, classes, working towards the appropriate degree while working, etc. Employers will appreciate candidates who are motivated and want to learn.
Seek Out Volunteer Opportunities
Once you know you want to make a career change, seek out volunteer opportunities during your job search. Look for opportunities in your field that can give you relevant experience. It is an excellent place to start when looking to make a change.
Convey Relevant Experience on Your Resume
Make sure you highlight the skills and experience that are relevant to the new career field that you are interested in. It is perfectly okay to mention all of your accomplishments in your current career field, just make sure the ones relevant to your desired position are the ones that stand out the most.
Let a Premier Staffing Agency Help You Make a Career Change
You can do anything you put your mind to, including making a career change. When it comes to making the transition, everyone could use a little help. Contact Arrow Staffing and make a career change today!