Switching Careers (read it on nyt.com)
Why Read It? Because switching to a new career is a drastic step. Before you pursue it, ask yourself: Do you consider your career to be your true calling, or is it something you chose almost at random?
- Do you consider your career to be your true calling, or is it something you chose almost at random? A dead-end job search may be a perfect jumping-off point to explore other industries that lead to fulfilling work.
- Are you at the beginning of your career, or do you have many years of experience? Is your life flexible enough to accommodate at least a temporary salary drop, and do you have time to attend school again?
"When you feel ready to begin, try to find a part-time job or internship in [a] new field that will provide valuable real-world experience. "
How To Change Careers (read it on wsj.com)
Why Read It? To successfully change careers, you need to develop short-term, intermediate and long-term goals to allow you clarity to decide on the steps you'll need to take to be able to plunge into a new line of work.
- Consider taking assessment tests to discover your hidden talents and jobs that fit them.
- Do the necessary research on marketplace and hiring trends in the field you are considering.
- If you lack required or desired credentials in the field, seek the training you need to bridge the gap.
"When applying for jobs, craft cover letters that will help employers understand why you're looking to change careers and how you can add value. Similarly, prepare for interviews by crafting 30-second introduction that sums up what you can do for employers."
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