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Job Hunting 101: Making A Career Switch

The coronavirus crisis has made many people reassess their lives and reconsider what is important to them. Many people are no longer as concerned about the amount of money they earn, the career prospects they can achieve, or the fancy car on their driveway. They are more bothered about feeling healthy, maintaining positive relationships in their lives, and doing something worthwhile. The humdrum and monotony of old are no longer suitable for a post-pandemic era. The first place many people look when re-evaluating their lives is their jobs. If you are keen to make a career switch but don’t know where to start, take a look at this guide.

 

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Your Experience

If you are eager to swap careers to an unrelated field, you might be flummoxed as to how to go about it. Don’t assume that you cannot transfer the skills that you do have into a new career. For example, if you are a social media manager but you yearn to be a teacher, consider the organization skills and the ability to work under pressure that you can transfer into your new career. If you do need to brush up on industry-specific skills, do some research and work out what courses you need to go on. There are plenty of free online courses going on during lockdown, so take advantage of them.

 

Your Resume

If you haven’t applied for a new job for a decade or more, you might feel a little out of your depth. To collate your experience and skills together, use an online resume maker to present yourself in an interesting and thoughtful way. These construct aesthetically pleasing resumes that are readable, concise, and modern. You need to be head and shoulders above the competition. A strong resume could get you shortlisted. This is also a good opportunity to list your volunteer experience, your qualifications, and your hobbies. Employers are looking for unique individuals so show off what makes you different.

 

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Going It Alone

If you are considering shunning the rat race altogether, you might want to go it alone. Venturing into the world of self-employment can be daunting but it can also be fulfilling. If you have an atom of a money-making idea that you want to morph into a startup, start creating your business plan. Ensure that you don’t use a generic template from the Internet, and instead use a bespoke format to hone your business vision and funding ideas. Cash is king and you will need an injection of investment to get yourself up and running. 

It doesn’t matter whether you want to import ball bearings from Hong Kong or whether you want to sell your custom made tee shirts from a retail space, you can do providing you have a strong business plan that mitigates risk and forecasts healthy profits for your first three years of trading.

In your new career, you will want to forge a new more meaningful way of life. Focus on following a passion and being fulfilled in your newfound career.

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