As I am sitting down to write this blog post, we are starting a new calendar year. It always amazes me the spike in career coaching calls that I receive in the first month of the New Year. For many people, starting a new year means looking for a new career. If you find yourself looking for a new career, then I want to offer you the same advice that I often offer to others.
First and foremost, you should not feel the least bit guilty about changing careers. Statistics tells us that the average American will have between 3-5 different careers during their work life. That is not jobs but different career tracks. Granted, some of those careers could be very similar, but they are still different. Here is my advice to you if you are looking for a new career:
- Understand what is changeless about you – Most working professionals never take the time to think through this at any sort of detail. We often jump right into the application phase. It is as if most of us only care about two things: getting a job quickly and getting paid well. However, many of us have taken those steps and still have been miserable hating our work. Look inside first and discover those core skills that you posses that can be applied to many different careers.
- Find out what your true passions are – When you walk into the book store, what sections of the store are you naturally drawn to? There lies your passion. More than likely there is a career for you to pursue in there somewhere.
- Pursue additional schooling if need be – There are so many ways today to get additional education if you need it. There is even online accredited accounting courses by reputable schools if your desire is to pursue accounting. The point is there is no excuse if you are wanting to make a career change and you need extra schooling to accomplish it.
- Better target your resume to the direction you want to go – I am often surprised how many people do not target their resume to the direction they are trying to go. Most people often think that a general resume will serve them better because it casts a wider net. it is far better for your resume to be more narrow. When counseling with candidates through my resume makeover service, I am often challenging them to narrow their focus to achieve faster results.
Those are just a few of the thoughts that I have for you who are looking for a new career. If you want more specific guidance, I do offer 1-on-1 Career Coaching Calls (on a limited basis). I’d be happy to help you come up with a better game plan based on your specific situation.