By Teena Rose, CPRW, CEIP, CCM, http://www.resumebycprw.com
Most people think about trying out a different
career. In fact, studies show that one-third of the American workforce
often thinks seriously, during a given year, about leaving their jobs.
The focus of a career change typically centers
around a vocation you’ve always been interested in, but could never
follow through on pulling the trigger. Maybe you sell insurance, but
have always wanted to be a veterinarian. Or you’re in public relations
and thought law school was your true calling. Whatever the case, the
first major step toward changing careers is a heavy dose of
If taking a chance on another career has become a
priority, then it should be a dream job of sorts, or fairly close to it.
There are dozens of reasons why people shift gears when it comes to
their careers. Some become bored, unfulfilled and lack the motivation
they once had in their current job. Others do it to make more money or
to fulfill a lifelong dream.
There are no age restrictions when it comes to
changing careers, but the most common time it occurs for a woman is in
her 40s or 50s, when incentives are different than earlier in life.
“Career transitions at midlife are very different
from those we make in our twenties and thirties,” writes Ellen Ostrow, a
Ph.D and career coach. “The recognition of our mortality diminishes the
importance of status success, money and meeting the expectations of
One of the first steps to take is deciding if
career change is really what you desire. A lousy boss and lack of
motivation doesn’t always require finding a new career. Finding a way to
carve out new challenges within the same industry is a good jumping off
point. If that fails, however, start preparing yourself for the
transition. And preparation is the key word.
Do the research. Put together as much information
as possible about the career – or careers – you’re interested in. Find
out pay levels and current trends in that industry. Talk to friends,
co-workers and experts in the field. In the age of the Internet, career
information is unlimited.
Start by analyzing your functional skills and
experience to determine how they would apply to a new career. Make sure
you repackage these skills to fit the new field. If you don’t have the
proper skills and returning to school is necessary, finding time will be
the major stumbling block, so make sure you’re committed to the new
career before making the leap.
A revamped resume is needed to avoid the mistake
that many midlife career jumpers make of assuming the same resume will
work in their new career. The experience you’ve had in your current job
may not be as important in your new field. Instead, rework your resume
to highlight the qualifications that will target the new career.
Employers looking to hire someone (who doesn’t have the work history in
their particular field) want an employee with skills that can easily
While you’re still in the transition mode, do what
you can to start that second career, whether it involves working
part-time a few nights a week or doing volunteer work. Make sure,
however, that you don’t commit so much time and energy toward this
parallel career that it has a negative impact on your full-time job.
Even if you plan on changing careers, you don’t want to antagonize your
current employer or burn any bridges.
Leaving your current career can create a fear of
the unknown. Don’t let that stop you. It’s more important to take risks
and try to achieve what you want out of your work life than staying in a
job that’s unfulfilling.
Teena Rose operates a prominent and
professional resume writing service, Resume to Referral.
She’s authored several
career books, including "20-Minute Cover Letter Fixer",
to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book",
the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales."
Teena Rose, CPRW, CEIP, CCM
Resume to Referral
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