Perhaps you’re sick of your current position and you are desperate for a change.
Perhaps you have been a stay-at-home mom for a while, and you are ready to get back into the world of work.
You are looking for a career choice that will best reflect your lifestyle.
You have finally decided to pursue your dream job after wasting your time in jobs that didn’t really suit you.
Whatever the reason, you have decided on a career move. If this is you, then we wish you the best of luck. However, once you have worked out where you want to be next, there are a few things you need to do in preparation.
Get the qualifications needed. Not every job needs a specific qualification, but if you do need to go back to school, then now is the time to do it. Courses, such as these online healthcare administration degrees can be taken online if you need a flexible way to study, so you can start the learning process early, no matter how busy your current lifestyle.
Get the experience needed. To help you stand out at an interview, it’s always helpful to have something on your resumé that reflects the skills needed for the job role. Thinking of a job in childcare? Try and get some experience in a school or kindergarten. Thinking about a job in social work? Try and get some experience with a people-based charity. You will also need qualifications for the careers we just mentioned, but the extra experience will always prove useful when sat in front of an interview panel.
Work on your resumé. Chances are, your resumé may be looking a little outdated, so add anything that reflects what you have done within your current position, or if you have been a stay-at-home mom, write down those transferrable mom skills that are relevant to the career you are looking to go into. If you need any help with your resumé, in content and design, there are templates online, as well as useful articles on creating the ‘perfect’ resumé that should prove useful. Follow the previous link and do a Google search for hints and tips.
Work on your social media presence. Firstly, clean up your online presence. Employers will often look you up online, and if there is anything discriminating on you in any of your social media accounts, then they may refuse your application. Where possible, delete any embarrassing photos and posts that may prove problematic. Secondly, use social media to your advantage. There is advice here on using social media in most aspects of the job process, from tailoring your online image to networking with the people who will help you advance into the career you are considering.
Making the move into a new career can be a scary experience, but by following the advice we have offered here, you will stand a better chance at making it to where you want to be. Let us know what you think, and give us a shout if you have any other tidbits of advice for our readers.
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