You might be at the very start of your career, fresh out of school, or you might feel stuck in your current job, facing the fact that you don’t like what you do on a daily basis. Whatever the reason is, know that you are the only factor that stand’s between you and your future happiness. Plus, we know that it’s not all about happiness, there is something in larger incomes too.

If you don’t feel motivated enough, know that many of us have been in the same position as you are at this very moment. People switch careers every day, and just because you have an area of expertise, be aware that you won’t be the first or the last student who realized that he wasted years studying something he couldn’t care less about. If you need a personal experience story, here is a good article on that subject. On the other hand, if your job search resulted in nothing but failures until now, this piece of advice will certainly help you.

The plan as itself is simple enough, it’s you who have to do all the work, but this could help you significantly when it comes to organization, evaluation, preparing monetarily for the switch and possible with some career ideas.

Get to Know Yourself

Although this matter may seem a little redundant, you might be surprised how much you don’t know about yourself. This is the first and a crucial step, and you shouldn’t quit your current job until you figure out what is going on in that head of yours. You can take a neat test that could just tell you more about your personality and possible career choices, but the best thing that you can do is openly ask people that you meet on the regular how they would describe you. Choose two coworkers, two friends, even people that you don’t know that well, but be subtle. Be honest to yourself, and ask yourself the vital question: What will make me happy? Keep asking that question until you realize that you in fact are happy.

Organize Funds

Find any type of additional work at least two months before your career change. This is very important, you have to use your extra time to organize funds and prepare for every possible outcome. If you can get support from your friends and family that is great, but count on it to last forever. Organize your budget and take special care of your debts, if you have any. You need to feel relaxed while you are out looking for a job.

Research Possibilities

Don’t close any door until you are 100% sure that there is nothing behind them for you. When you find your ideal job, get certified if you need to do so, commit to it. If you have a problem with finding the funds to get verified as an expert, you can try and look for gov subsidised courses like this one. Additional funding will only do well for your budget, and if you are not qualified for your desired position you can always get a verified diploma online in your spare time. Think about your acquired skills, and where else you could put them to good use, maybe your switch doesn’t have to be so drastic after all. Sometimes even a change of scenery will help you to feel more comfortable about your own line of work.

Write a Resume

Now this is very important. Some companies will have prejudgments about people who are switching careers, and this is why it is crucial to write your resume, or record it if you are looking for a job in the IT industry, in a manner that will fully explain your attentions. Follow these steps, and honor every of them.

  1. Keywords – this is what employers look for. Most of managers and HR just skim through your resume and focus on the important parts. Highlight your skills, certification and experience. That will get their attention.
  2. Objective – your interest and intentions should be clear. Determination and confidence is always desirable.
  3. Work History – Based on the format that you choose, this list should be chronological. However, if you can find a way to push those more applicable skills and experiences to the top of the page – do it.
  4. Achievements – don’t brag, but if you have something that you are particularly proud of in your career, provide a short explanation of your success.
  5. Every positive experience counts – if you’ve done some community service, volunteered, employers love working bees and you should let them know that you are one.

 

Hopefully, you will get that other job soon. If not, keep your resume updated and your spirit up. Now go out and make your dreams come true.

Author's Bio: 

James D. Burbank has worked for years in traditional as well as online marketing. He has worked in Central Asia, Europe and Australasia in recent years.