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6 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Make
Recently I had a chat with one of our client who was looking to make a big switch in her career. She is currently a Finance officer in a blue chip company but is considering joining the Human Resource profession, with no work experience in the field.
According to her, She liked HR and it seems like a ‘hot cake’ profession unlike her finance career of 8 years.
Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you’ve lost your mind, headhunters say you’ll never work again, and your mother-in-law steps up the old, “I told you so” routine. But for many burned-out, bored, or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they’re not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their marbles.
Regardless of your career change strategy, never make these 6 mistakes:
1. Don’t look for a job in another field without some intense introspection.
Nothing is worse than leaping before you look. Make sure you’re not escaping to a field that fits you just as poorly as your last.
2. Don’t look for “hot” fields unless they’re a good fit for you.
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You wouldn’t try to squeeze into your skinny cousin’s suit, so why try a field because it works for him? People who are trying to help you will come along and do the equivalent of whispering “plastics” in your ear. Instead of jumping at their suggestions, take time to consider your options. Decide what you really want to do. When you enter a field just because it’s hot, burnout isn’t far behind.
3. Don’t go into a field because your friend is doing well in it.
Get thorough information about the fields you’re considering by networking, reading and doing online research. Having informational interviews with alumni from your college, colleagues, friends or family is a fun way to get the scoop on different fields.
4. Don’t keep your dissatisfaction to yourself or try to make the switch alone.
This is the time to talk to people (probably not your boss just yet). Friends, family, and colleagues need to know what’s going on so they can help you tap into those 90-plus percent of jobs that aren’t advertised until somebody has them all sewn up.
5. Don’t let money be the deciding factor.
There’s not enough money in the world to make you happy if your job doesn’t suit you. Workplace dissatisfaction and stress is the number-one health problem for working adults. This is particularly true for career changers, who often earn less until they get their sea legs in a different field.
6. Using the Same Old CV to get a job in the new field
Even without experience in your new field you need to craft your CV to show your interest and value to the new career field. Highlight how your previous experience is of value and an added advantage. Get a free CV review here
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Are you planning to change your career? What are some of the reasons behind your decision? I’d love to hear them. Please leave a comment below or send me an email.
Daniel Mutuku, Career Coach and Adviser at Careerpoint Solutions email firstname.lastname@example.org