Switching careers can seem like getting out of a very long relationship. If you work at the same company for many years, it might feel odd to look for a different job.
There are many reasons someone might be looking for a new job. With the economy ups and downs,there are a lot of unexpected layoffs that put people back on the market; there are also ambitious people who feel they’ve reached a standstill in their current positions; and there are also those who are working their way up the corporate pole and hoping to gain experience and move on.
Starting the Search
Of course, we can all use our resources, which is absolutely a great way to start the new job search.I’ve always tapped into my resources when looking for a job, but the opportunities that arise for my career path have not always come from those connections. So where else do you start?
Beef up the Resume
Now that you have more experience than the last time you submitted a resume for a job, you need to beef up your resume. This doesn’t mean that you should just add that previous job to the top of your resume, but rather take what you’ve learned about business and incorporate it. Use your knowledge to take an unbiased look at your entire resume and reword/reorganize your job history. Things that seem fairly juvenile can be matured through vocabulary and detail. Things that are no longer relevant can be removed and things that are now important need to be listed.
Put Yourself Out There
Upload your resume to different job sites and update your LinkedIn account so people can start looking at your skills! Make a goal to apply for a specific
number of jobs each day, making your search become your temporary job. Narrow your search to things that interest you and compliment your strong skill set. Submit a strong cover letter with each resume that really presents who you are and why you’re applying for that specific job.
Hard Work Pays
Soon enough, the search will turn into a new job –which translates into a paycheck!