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R13 #AskTheRecruiter

I want to make a career change. What can I do to improve my chances?

Question submitted by Molly (Education Sector)

Firstly, this is all dependant on the type of career move you are looking to make. Whilst there are many transferable skills that relate to all industries such as; teamwork, communication and organisation, there are some industries that require certain specific skillsets and therefore the change may be a bit harder. For example, moving from Retail based customer service to telephone-based customer service is not a tough change to make due to the similar skillset used, but moving from Nursing to Marketing would be more challenging and likely take a longer time.

Although complete career changes can be difficult, they are not impossible and so we have compiled our top tips for how you can improve your odds of securing your new role.

Do your research

The first thing you should do is research the job you want to do and the industry that job is in. You’ll want to find out what kinds of skills/experience employers look for, what kind of background people typically come from and potential routes to get to the role you want. Doing your research means that when you approach potential employers, you will have a better idea of what you can offer the business and how you can overcome any challenges you might face. 

Get some qualifications

This is especially important if you have no previous experience in the industry you want to move into, and if it is quite different from the one you are currently in. It is a good idea to look into potential courses/training you can do in your free time, outside of work to build up your skills and knowledge in the area. It also shows that you have the incentive to learn and develop your skills in this new area, which will show employers your commitment to the change.

Try and get some hands-on experience

Any kind of experience will put you in a much better position. Try looking to see if there is any potential volunteer work you can do in the area you want to move into and try to work this around your current position.

Use contacts in the industry

If you know someone in the industry you want to move into, then this is the perfect time to get in contact. They may be able to provide valuable insights into the industry and they may even be able to offer shadowing or the opportunity to gain some work experience.

Be realistic

Changing careers is no easy feat and can be quite difficult depending on the skills/qualifications you have and how long you have been in your current career. You also have to take into account that you may not be getting the same kind of salary you were on previously. It may be necessary to take a pay cut and you should work out if this would work for you financially in advance.

Overall, career changes can be challenging but with the right attitude, some good research and a bit of training, you can find yourself in your dream career.

We hope this information has helped to answer this week’s #AskTheRecruiter question. Please do keep sending in any questions you have to info@rthirteen.co.uk.

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