Making A Career Switch? Show Your Versatility

December 10th, 2015

Lots of professionals are deciding to enter the job market in a different capacity than their experience would indicate. It is okay to make a switch in your career, but it is up to you to sell a hiring manager on your experience, transferable skills, attitude,and the ability to adapt. So how can you show your versatility when you’re making a career switch? Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Focus on your transferable skills.

No single career exists in a bubble. What aspects of your former career can translate positively to the new company? Is there a strong customer service correlation? Perhaps your organizational skills in a previous job would help you break into an administrative position. There is always something that will apply to another field, so look for these commonalities.

Have a positive attitude.

Honestly, your attitude about your future will have just as big of an impact as your prior experience. You never want to appear desperate or entitled. You never want to speak negatively about your former career or employer. A positive, can-do attitude will go a long way toward convincing a new employer to take a chance on you. If you can sell yourself and believe in the switch, that will help with convincing the potential employer.

Demonstrate your adaptable personality.

Not only must you be positive, but you have to show how your personality is accustomed to change and ready to roll with whatever punches the new job will throw at you. There were aspects of your old job which required you to change course or direction at a moment’s notice, so incorporate those stories in your personal and professional narrative.

Showcase your accomplishments.

Another aspect, which is important for anyone looking for a job, is to share what you have accomplished in the past. Discuss how these past achievements could translate to your new industry and how you are expecting to continue on a course of success. Share data as much as possible, but don’t try to quantify everything.

Share how your continued education.

Finally, you want to instill a sense of confidence in your potential new employer. Show them what you’ve learned about the new industry on your own. What classes have you taken? How have you practiced? Have you volunteered? Create a portfolio or a project that you can show them to demonstrate what you already know. You might not be in a new industry yet, but showing that you are taking steps to learn about a new challenge will make a great impression.

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Have a Plan When Attending Your Next Job Fair

September 11th, 2015

Job fairs can be a colossal waste of time if you’re not properly prepared. But if you have a plan of attack and stick to it, then the job fair can be one of the best hidden tools of a job search. Because of their popularity, not everyone in the building will have created a plan to help them navigate and network the best way possible. Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re ahead of the competition at your next job fair.

Make a good first impression

Your plan should start before you even set foot in the convention center. You won’t be meeting for interviews, but you should treat it like one. Dress professionally, establish an elevator speech that will give the person an idea of who you are and what you’re looking for, and always be courteous. Bring your resume and business cards and be sure to get their contact info.

Create a map and plan

Job fairs sometimes feel like a herd of cattle shuffling along. It shouldn’t feel like that. You may be just one person in a sea of thousands of job seekers but you don’t have to act that way. You are the one in complete control. When you arrive review the list of businesses attending and make a game plan. Only visit the top companies and introduce yourself to them in a professional manner. If you can’t see yourself working for that company then don’t waste your time standing in line to meet with their representatives.

Introduce yourself

There will be a good portion of the event spent standing in line. You can use this time to make connections with others in your community. Introduce yourself, ask them what they’re looking for, and see if you can connect them to others in your network. A lot of people will have nerves, so breaking the ice and getting the ball rolling can open unexpected connections. You will get a reputation in your community as a connector, which will only enhance your position as a professional. You can give them your business cards as well.

Always follow up

Now that you’ve collected all of these business cards you need to do something with them. The very next day, sit down and send out thank you emails that reference the conversations you had with them at their booth or in line. This is your opportunity to make a lasting impression and help you stand out from the crowd. If you feel comfortable, connect with those people on LinkedIn and continue the networking process.

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