How To Make A Career Change – A Guide for Professional Women
Deciding to make a career change can be a very stressful and very exciting time in a woman’s life especially during a rough economic time. There are many reasons that people need to change careers. In this article I will be telling you what those reasons are and how to go about changing careers smoothly. Some of the main reasons that cause women to decide it is time to move on from their current job are:
– The relocation of a company or job: If your workplace has decided to relocate you, or the entire company, it could be time to relocate yourself into a new, local job. It isn’t always possible for career women to just pack up and move out of town. Many of us have children and family obligations that could cause an issue with relocation.
– There isn’t good leadership in your company or you have a manager that is inefficient: There are times when we work for people who should not be leaders, as they are not equipped with strong managerial skills. This type of mediocre leadership can reflect poorly on your work and can significantly hinder your professional development.
– You are working for an unstable company that does not provide good benefits or pay: Working for an unstable company can be stressful. If you have to worry about your job security and aren’t even getting paid what you are worth, maybe it is time to move on to a different path.
– You are ready for new challenges to improve your quality of life and happiness: Sometimes women need a change. Getting stuck in a career that you have no passion for can be spiritually debilitating. Don’t spend your life in a miserable job. You can use the steps below to help you in your career change.
So you have decided that it is time for you to make a career change. What can you do to get started on your new career search?
1. Update and enhance your resume. Make sure that you have a resume that is specific to the job that you want to land. Generic resumes are not beneficial for job seeking and employers can spot them a mile away. Seek the help of a professional resume editor if needed.
2. Brush up on your education. If you are trying to change to a new career that you don’t have any experience in you should consider taking some classes in this area. It is never too late to update your education. Take a few night or online classes to gain the knowledge that you will need for your new career.
3. Search for new careers internally and externally. If you are unhappy with your position at a company you can always try to find a new position within the same organization. It is not always wise to leave an employer that you have spent years building a relationship with. Inquire about open opportunities at your current company or any of their affiliates. For external job searching try posting your resume(s) to different online job sites. Post a different resume for each type of position. This can expand your chances of finding a position in your new career choice.
4. Search for a new career that will allow you to advance. Don’t settle for any new position. Do your due diligence and see how this new opportunity will let you strive in your new career choice.
5. Don’t burn any bridges. Just because you want a change doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain a good relationship with your former employer. When you find your new position be sure to give your employer proper notice and offer to help train your replacement. You never know when you may need a recommendation or want to work for their company in the future.