How to switch careers in a tough job market

This article is contributed by Cynthia Rupp.

Have you been thinking of reinventing yourself by quitting your current job and launching a brand new career? Maybe you are dissatisfied in your current role and have always fantasized about doing something else with your life. Perhaps you were recently handed your walking papers. Irregardless of your reasoning, you should know that it is never too late to start anew and to forge ahead on the path to finding a new career.

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Here are a few tips to follow which can make your transition easier in today’s tough job market:

Research Careers That Best Reflect your new Direction 

The first order of business is to sit down and decide what it is you really want to do. For example, let’s say you have always wanted to work within the healthcare field. Take a look online at a major job board portal to find out what jobs are hot in the healthcare field and which are not. It makes no sense to try to land a job if there are very few jobs in that niche available or if the competition level is extremely high. Think about what you truly would love doing then find out if it’s feasible. There are plenty of sites out there which list salaries for every occupation under the sun so do your homework and come up with a career you would truly like to pursue.

Obtain the Necessary, Relevant Up-to-Date Training

Once you have decided what career you are aiming for it’s time to make yourself marketable. Take classes, get a degree or sign up for workshops and seminars in that field. The goal here is to ‘wow’ interviewers and to clearly demonstrate that you are very serious about starting a new career. Remember that there will be many qualified people vying for the same job you want so you need to focus on making your CV stand out from the sea of others.

Network, Network, Network

The saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ still holds true in today’s job marketplace. Look for organizations and groups to join within your chosen field. A great idea is to volunteer some of your free time to an organization or company that’s directly related to the type of career you want. If you do a great job and impress those you are working for, they will be very likely to keep you in mind when they hear of a job opening in your field. Plus, the volunteer work will look great on your resume!

Be Well Prepared for Interviews

How you behave in an interview can make or break you. You must be sure to act like a complete professional when being interviewed. A couple of days prior to an interview, sit down and write out some possible questions you will be asked and then come up with great answers. A good interviewer will put a bit of pressure on you so be ready for those ‘what would you do in this situation’ type questions. Keep calm and be ready with an answer. Do not hem and haw when asked a question and don’t fidget or act nervous. Employers today have many choices in employees and they’re looking for people who are confident, direct, professional and self-assured.

By following these tips, you can launch that brand new career you have always dreamed of having. Every single day, people from all walks of life are completely changing their lives by switching careers and you can too  – provided that you prepare well for it so set your sights high!

Article Bio: This article is written by Cynthia Rupp who has also commented on what does rt mean on twitter.

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