Preparing For A Career Change: Tips And Tricks
Changing careers is one of the most challenging decisions many people have to make. Whatever the reason for wanting to make the career change, proper planning is needed to make the transition smooth and a softer landing. Here are some things you might need to do as you prepare for the career change on your quest for pub manager jobs.
- Draft Your Ideal Job Description
Although you might feel ready for a career change, you still need to know what you want to do next. Start by drafting your ideal job description (if you haven’t done so already) based on your skillset, experience, areas of interest, and strengths, among other factors. Be sure to think about what you dislike or like about your current position when drafting your ideal career.
Once confident about your job description, do a job search on the same. Base your job search on a series of phrases such as:
– Interview preparation
Identify what will be required of you in each phase. Factors such as having your CV ready, the application phase, interview stage, timeframe, or wardrobe reviews should be considered in each step. Create and pin the timetable to guide and keep you on track.
- Start Fishing for Fresh Opportunities
Once done identifying and defining your ideal job description, you can then start fishing for potential and interesting employers, recruiters, and valuable information about them, in your network of friends and professionals. Ask around or delve online to research on pubs you’d be interested in working for and recruiters as well. This might prove exciting and thrilling as you search for new opportunities and connections.
- Sign Up for Newsletters and Alerts
Signing up for newsletters and alerts from companies you’d want to work with or effective recruitment agencies can help get notified whenever there’s a vacant position. Most websites allow for one to refine their search to get notifications for opportunities relevant to them. You can also tailor your search according to the preferred salary band and travel distance.
- Talk To Several Recruiters
Most recruiters have been in the arena for quite some time, hence possess valuable and in-depth knowledge of almost every market and the current trend in the industry. You can thus learn a thing or two from simply talking to some of these recruiters. A good recruiter will advise you on the best skill set for a specific job/position, salary expectations, and market trends in that particular career. A good recruiter may also offer to help with your job search and advise you on what to do to better your chances of landing a job. With years of experience in this sector, they can find you the perfect position in record time, saving you lots of trouble and time. Working with a recruiter would be advisable, especially if looking to make the change fast.
- Stay Informed on Current Affairs
You need to stay informed on the current trends in the industry, technological changes/advancements, as well as regulatory developments, to name but a few. Identify trustworthy publications and information sources that will keep you updated on the industry’s current affairs and trending topics. Pay attention to news stories about your industry, as these could come in handy during interviews and line of work too.
- Dedicate Time for New Job Search
Use at least 5 minutes of your time every day to search for new positions and vacancies fitting your ideal job description. Check with popular job websites, recruitment agencies, and LinkedIn to see if anything pops up. As mentioned before, you need to plan your time well to ensure it doesn’t interfere with your current position and or productivity.
- Increase Your Presence on LinkedIn
LinkedIn can be defined as a professional’s social networking platform. Increasing your presence and engagement on the platform can improve your chances of landing a job. LinkedIn enables employers to connect with talents and recruiters and is also valuable for creating valuable professional connections. Start by updating your LinkedIn profile and post relevant articles about your expertise and experience.
For those with an incomplete LinkedIn profile, make an effort to complete it with all the necessary details, expertise, and a professional photograph. Connect with your professional peers on the platform and request them to leave testimonials and endorse your skills as well.
- Market Your Brand Online
Use your current position and standing to promote yourself as a brand or make way for the new career path. First, identify practical ways and channels to market your brand online. This can be anything like offering to write blogs for your company or leadership articles to help others in your line of work. Use this opportunity to make a name for yourself as you prepare for a career change.
In addition to marketing your business online, you still need to update and enhance your skill set. Sign up for workshops, training, developmental opportunities that can help improve your skills. Take on every opportunity there is to grow your talent in the new path.
- Broaden Your Skill Set
Broadening your skill set (either going back to college, taking online courses, or attending seminars) will help make you more marketable in the new field. This is especially important if looking to venture into a different career or industry. Luckily, you don’t have to attend classes to get your second degree physically; many colleges also offer remote learning.
- Update your CV
If you have been in the same career for more than five years, then chances are your CV is outdated. You thus should update it by adding all the extra courses undertaken within that period, relevant experience, and other skills you might have picked on the way.
- Consider A New Look (Wardrobe)
Some careers demand a specific dress code, while others are universal. Depending on where you wish to venture next, it might be time to think of refreshing your wardrobe—invest in a new look to go with the new position and career.