What’s the easiest way to make a career transition?originally appeared in Know almost: A place to gain and share knowledge, enabling people to learn from others and better understand the world.
During my career, I’ve worked as an architect, professor, executive on a team of over 4,000 people, and founder of a startup. For me, knowing when to make a career transition is a simple equation. Do I get excited when I wake up in the morning? If a higher percentage of days results in dissatisfaction and there is a persistent pattern, it’s time to explore something else.
These are my top tips to help you transition your career to a more fulfilling job:
1. Give it a try and diagnose the problem. It’s often easier for us to identify what we’re running away from than where we want to go – and that’s absolutely fine. First, determine whether it is the context or the task in question. For example, do you dislike the company itself, your manager, the industry, or do you dislike being a lawyer? Maybe you’ve been exhausted all the time – you’re introverted and you’re asked to do extroverted activities and vice versa. Learn about these triggers and your work style (this is a quiz This might help figure out what energizes you and what is more challenging for you).
2. Think about where you want to run. What is it like to have a good day at work? What activities do you tend to engage in when you are in complete control of your time? Have you ever made ceramics? Did you learn to code? What are those things that you would be excited to connect to your livelihood? Take steps to explore these options by setting up informative interviews or participating in self-directed projects to make sure it’s actually the path you want to pursue.
3. Address any gaps between where you are and where you want to be. Typically, these gaps can be identified as knowledge (facts and information), skills (learned abilities), and experience (demonstrations of your abilities). Most of these gaps can be filled in creative ways, such as reading books and related newsletters, taking classes, volunteering, or building a project for your portfolio. Don’t wait for a job offer from a company that’s willing to train you on everything you need to know because the job offer won’t come. You need to show that you have taken proactive steps to address these gaps.
4. Tailor your resume and LinkedIn to the job you want. Now that you’ve started filling some possible gaps, start building your resume by combining your new and existing skills to align with your chosen career path. Consider how to reposition past accomplishments in a way that overlaps with what recruiters are looking for. Employers don’t think your skills are transferable – you have to repackage yourself! Check out the job description to identify some keywords and make sure they appear in the top half of your resume.My company Teal made a Free Job Tracker Identify keywords in job descriptions for you.
5. Make a plan. The process of managing your career transition is entirely up to you. There is very little outside force to make it happen. Set actionable, time-bound goals for your job search and all the steps that lead to it. Make time every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes. here A useful template for planning career transitions. Inch by inch, you’ll build momentum for your career transition and start seeing the results you’re looking for.