The 5 Biggest Career Change Mistakes

After months (maybe even years) of careful consideration, you’ve finally decided the time is right to make a career change. This is one of the biggest decisions of your career and it can have a significant impact on your quality of life going forward.

Buckle up! This change will not happen overnight and will be a roller coaster of a process.

As you navigate through the career change process, here are five mistakes to avoid:

Mistake #1: Believing a career change will be easy

As indicated in the opening paragraphs, the career change process is a roller coaster ride of emotions and there is nothing easy about it! Some people go into this process thinking they’re going to apply for a few jobs and hope something comes together. Then, after the setbacks mount, they lose confidence and get bored.

You need to take a step back and lower your expectations.

The job market is as competitive as ever, and depending on how long you were at your previous job, the job search process has changed significantly. From the way you find jobs, Apply for jobsAnd interviewing for jobs, the process is not what it used to be.

Mistake #2: Not doing enough research

Man looks at his phone while researching companies to work for

You decide not to continue your current career path and pursue another career.

guess what? That’s not enough!

You should research the industry you are going into to see how transferable your professional skills are to a new career field. You should also take a serious inventory of the skills you lack and investigate yourself Options for skill To gain those valuable skills. This can be the most difficult of all career change challenges. However, addressing this early in the job search process will benefit you more in the long run.

In addition to all this, you should have a strong understanding of the state of the industry you are targeting. Some industries, such as journalism, are struggling and seeing significant reductions in the workforce, while other professions are There is a risk of being automated. It is important to make sure that the career you are going into is better than the career you left.

It’s also important to research salaries for the profession, so there are no surprises as you go through the process (more on that in a bit).

Mistake #3: Attacking the career change process alone

A woman at a networking event is talking to colleagues who can help her make a career change

If you neglect your Professional network Or don’t have one, you can make it your first priority before starting your job search.

A career change can be difficult, but very few people manage to make it without a little help. This is where your professional network comes in handy. Not only can talking to former colleagues, professional acquaintances and mentors help you chart your career path, they can also recommend companies that are a good fit for you and make some initial contacts.

If your professional network needs some work, try reaching out to colleagues to see if they’d be willing to introduce you to some of the professionals in their networks. Additionally, you may want to consider attending some local networking events to meet new people.

Online networking tools such as LinkedIn also offer job seekers the opportunity to conduct their own active job searches. If you’ve identified a few companies that interest you, you can use LinkedIn to connect with people at those companies. you too Contact a recruiter For those companies.

Your networking efforts should run concurrently with your job search.

Mistake #4: Neglecting your resume

A job seeker on a laptop isn't interested in working on his resume

Not long ago a one-size-fits-all resume was fine but not anymore. Every resume should be tailored to the specific job you are targeting. A modern-day recruiter handles so many resumes that they only have time to skim through them.

You basically have six seconds to grab a recruiter’s attentionSo all the relevant skills you have for that job should be top notch Your resume.

There are still people who fall into the trap of using the same resume over and over again while spending more time writing a good cover letter. Both documents deserve equal attention. It may take a little extra time but is passing job interviews time and time again.

Mistake #5: Expecting to make more money

A woman saves money during the career change process

If you’re making a career change to make more money, you’re in for a surprise.

Certainly, depending on your industry and professional experience, there are some career changes that can lead to immediate growth.

But in most cases, any financial gain from a career change is long-term rather than short-term. You may take a pay cut initially until you prove yourself in your new position. This is especially true if a company takes a chance and hires you with little experience. The company wants to make sure you can do the job before making a significant investment.

That’s why it’s important to do Salary research Early in the process and plan accordingly.

The job search process isn’t easy, but if you take the right steps, it doesn’t have to be miserable. By avoiding these five mistakes, making a career change can hopefully feel a little less daunting and intimidating. And (although it didn’t make the list) make sure you don’t quit your current job prematurely (if you don’t have the resources) before you get a new one, because even smooth career transitions take time.

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This article was originally published on an earlier date.

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