I work with people wanting try a new job or career. Below are some of my favorite tips:
- Resume: Update your resume and cater it and cover letter(s) to the new career path you are taking. If you do not want to hire a resume building consultant, ask three friends to send you their resumes as guides.
- Job Shadow: Meet up with friends or acquaintances that are doing what you want to start doing. You do not have to know the individuals well, but it helps if a good friend of theirs is a good friend of yours. Talk about what aspects of the job they love and hate. Maybe shadow them for am afternoon.
- Volunteerism – Volunteer for a company you wish to work. This may not work for every career field. But, if it does, starting as a volunteer can get your foot in the door. (I know a few friends that this has worked for.)
- Informational Interview: Informational interviews are very popular. You read up on a company you respect and would like to work for and you set up a meeting with the HR department in order to learn more about the company. You attend the interview as if you are applying for a job and bring your resume. If there is no position available, let them no you would be interested in working there in the future.
- Career Coach: Hire a career Coach. We can assist, support and guide you on your career change.
- Career Counseling: If you attended and graduated from a college or trade school, many schools offer discounted Career Counseling and Career Assessments for their Alumni at a discounted rate. They can help you find your strengths, and career preferences etc.