Making the switch: What you need to do when you are switching careers

Ok, we get it. You are tired of your mundane routine and you feel that you are no longer growing your career after x number of years in the same office or industry. Although the thought of getting off the board and explore the other side of the fence is scary, you decided to go for it anyway. But are you ready for the big switch? 

If you still have qualms on making a career switch because you’ve been stuck in your comfort zone for too long, you might consider doing these things before starting job hunting:

Update your CV


By this time, you have a lot of work experience that could fill up pages of your resume so it is the right to make a resume upgrade. Be mindful though to tailor-make your CV to specific skill sets to the new industry or career path you are aiming at so you can have a concise, put together document to send out. And since you are doing the update on your CV file, you might as well update your professional social media platforms such as your LinkedIn. 

Update your technical skill set


Job market is the new jungle nowadays and competition is tough especially with so many young, emerging professionals coming to the workforce day by day. It is advisable then to up your career game by getting a skills upgrade specifically in the field of information technology. You can choose to enroll in short courses or ask young members of your family to teach you some basics on some sought after skills like coding.

Dress for your age


Always make a good impression by dressing appropriately when you apply for a job. You should know by now that specific industries requires specific dress code so be presentable when you go for interviews. 

Your extensive experience is your advantage


It is always intimidating to attend job interviews especially if you do not do it for a long time. But you always need to remember that you are no longer an entry-level applicant now and you can make those past job experience work to your advantage. If you are applying for the same position but in different industry, make your experience stand out. Chances are, most employers will prefer an experienced candidate who can contribute immediately to the company rather than the entry-level applicant that they still need to train.

Make your professional connection work


You’ve been exposed to many people throughout your career. Now is the time to put those professional network to your advantage. Schedule a consultation with your professional network. You can email them or invite them for a cup of coffee. Make them know that you are currently considering to shift career and ask them if they can give you a referral. Who knows, you could end up getting your new job from them.
 

So don’t be afraid of change. If you think that it will advance your career make the switch but always remember to do it right.