Looking to transition into a different career, these are the tips you need to know.
One of the most important things you can do to help you on your career journey is being prepared and knowing exactly where you want to go professionally If you are changing your career entirely, you have to be on point with every aspect of your experience level.
While I had a few minutes, I thought I’d post my Top 3 Career Transition Tips here on LinkedIn and ask for your feedback on what your tips are.
Show your career progression: What is career progression? Career progression is how you have evolved over time in your skills, knowledge and abilities. This usually happens when you have taken on new responsibilities, roles or tasks.
During your career, you have to “reinvent yourself” This is how you grow in your profession. If you are not growing, then your skills, knowledge and abilities will not grow either. In order to transition, you have to translate that into digital form that employers can view quickly. Therefore, your must have a well-written resume and cover letter highlighting your background, experience and accomplishments that “compliment” your career progression. Without showing your progression towards the career you are striving for, the employer will not know your career path.
Practice answering questions relating to why you are changing careers. If you cannot effectively answer the question on why you are choosing your career path then you will come across appearing nervous and not confident in your abilities. For example, when I interviewed candidates who were trying to transition to the information technology field from another industry, they gave me answers such as “I am uncertain what in technology I want to, or where I want to be but like information technology.” “I just want to get my foot in the door.” or “I have a family member or friend who works in technology and they told me to try it.” While these answers may be good reasons to someone who is considering hiring you, these answers will make you look incompetent and unprofessional – and frankly it is a waste of the employer’s time. You need to be on point and fluent using the 3 Ws, “What” “Where” and “When”. If you can answer your question concisely using this method you will always sound professional and confident.
Get a letter of recommendation. I cannot say this enough about this topic and for me it is one of the most important things you can do to help your career. You must have really good professional business references who can speak about your skills and abilities. This “supports your career progression” and what is great about this is that the hiring manager can read it over and over again. Yes, you can have them call your references, but having it in writing means that someone took the time to vet you.
Job references are your most precious asset. Professional references are the people who you have built a rapport and with feel confident enough to give positive feedback about you. You do not want miscellaneous organizations having their information, not to mention calling them without your knowledge. This is not only bad for your references who are getting these calls but it makes you look bad. Therefore,you have to be careful when to disclose your professional references. They are your most precious asset. Personally, I never give my references to 3rd party recruiters, online application forms or any organization without my accepting the position first.
There are some caveats to disclosing your references. This is the only time I would do it. Here it is. NEVER give out your references unless 1) You are presented with an official job offer that you in turn are seriously considering taking; 2) You are meeting with the CEO, President or VP. You want to leave a long-lasting impression that you come highly recommended. 3) If the job is so popular that you have to stand out among the competition. Last thing, the best time to give your letters are in-person. First impression is everything!
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