Ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? Here are some simple tips for those who are ready to take the leap.
Pause and reflect
Returning to work after the Summer break can be a bit disheartening even for the most positive and constructive amongst us. Don’t let those return to work blues cloud your decision making and judgement. Are you still fulfilled in your current role, do you continue to enjoy what you do or are there challenges in your role still to tackle that get you excited. If the answer is yes, then maybe redirect your focus onto what you can do in your current position/company.
Reach out to a specialist recruiter
You’ve decided you want a change but are not sure what that may look like. Interviewing for a role isn’t the time to share your uncertainty about where you are at in your career. If you are considering embarking on a career-change journey, then start by having a conversation with a recruiter – they understand the job market and can provide insight and direction that may help with clarity around what that next step looks like.
Your personal brand
Understanding and developing your personal brand is essential to your career, particularly when you do start actively pursuing opportunities and want to stand out. Your personal brand is essentially your story – packaged in a way that demonstrates your experience, expertise and competencies. A good place to start is by reviewing the online profiles of those people you admire the most. Then make an honest assessment of yourself, both personally and professionally, answering the question – what do you want to be known for?
Update your CV and LinkedIn
Taking a fresh look at your CV/LinkedIn profile is an obvious step but also a good opportunity to pause and reflect on your skills and experience and see what you have achieved over your career. Optimising your LinkedIn profile in particular is crucial for when you actively enter the job market. Check out the tips below.
Ask for help
Defining your skills, abilities and strengths and packaging it in a way that is appealing to a prospective employer can sometimes be easier to accomplish with outside help. Whether it’s CV writing or enlisting the services of a career coach – it’s all about presenting the best possible version of yourself to the job market.
It’s an age old adage but a good network keeps you informed – this could be in relation to new opportunities or simply for advice. Well cultivated professional networks are one of the most crucial resources for your job and career.
If you are looking to start your new year with a new role – get in touch with a Decipher Group consultant to make the first step in your career journey.
The Decipher Team
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