How to change career

ArchitectWhen people want to change jobs but don’t know what to do there are different routes they can take

 Look at job ads, find some that appeal and apply

 At first glance this looks like a good option, spend time looking at online job sites, find some you think you can do and then start applying. But unless you are really clear what it is that you want to do any application can be too general to get you shortlisted and then people feel down as they aren’t making progress.

 Think it might be the organisation

 So a teacher might change schools, and a marketing manager might change organisations. This might work, as it can sometimes be e.g. a managers approach that makes us worse. However many people make a change with a lot of personal upheaval and a couple of months on feel just as bad.

 Talk to recruitment consultants

 However they will look at your CV and start putting you forward for jobs similar to what you have already done, or not take you on as you don’t know what you want and they aren’t sure who they can pitch you too.

 None of these are as effective as taking some time to plan what to do.

 It’s often worth spending time to think about

 What you dislike about your current situation

  1. Your strengths – skills, abilities
  2. Knowing how you work best so you know the best sort of boss to have
  3. Knowing how much time and money you are willing to invest in retraining

 What might help?

 If you haven’t already done so you can sign up for the ’10 steps to a job you love eProgramme’ via my website

Talk to people and see what they suggest

 You could get ideas by taking assessments.  This ranges from the iStartStrong at £30 to the Highlands Ability Battery.  Read more on my assessments section of my website

 Scheduling a session or more with me.

 Once you know what you want to do then you can focus on job search, and there’s lots of support I offer but you need to know what you want first of all.

I’d love to know what you think and it would be brilliant to hear your views either below or on my facebook page – I think it is so much more interactive than on a blog.  If you aren’t already linked to me on FaceBook here is the link:

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