Do you need a change in career direction? Are you facing an unexpected job loss? Or hoping to find a job in an entirely different industry?

2023 may be the year to make a transition to a job opportunity better suited to your needs, goals, interests, and capabilities!

A career transition may seem daunting. However, if you create a strategic plan and execute the plan effectively, you can alleviate stress and increase your level of confidence and chance of success.

Follow these seven steps to prepare for a successful career transition…

1) Assess your skills, talents, strengths, and interests.

The most successful career transition strategy begins with a thorough self-examination. Set aside time to thoughtfully consider the qualities that make you an exceptional asset in the workplace. Identify the aspects of your current position that you appreciate and the activities that bring you genuine self-satisfaction – as well as the aspects of the role or industry that you could do without. Make a list.

Determine which of your unique skills, experiences, and traits are most marketable and translate into your new field or role of interest. Conduct research to assess the future projected growth of the industry or role, opportunities for career progression, industry growth, and salary levels. Review the education requirements and other qualifications needed to successfully perform the essential functions of the role within that industry.

This information will be extremely valuable later in the process when you are developing your “elevator speech,” crafting your resume and cover letters, and preparing for job interviews.

2) Set clear career goals.

Without clear goals and objectives, you cannot develop an effective career strategy or track your progress toward your goals.

So, before you take a deep dive into the job search process, determine your specific career goals. This step is critical! Take the time to identify your key objectives and long-term goals. Ask yourself questions to determine your true goals for your career transition – questions like…

  • What are my three most critical personal and professional needs?
  • Am I seeking a position with a better work-life balance or a higher compensation package?
  • Am I looking for a job with more opportunity for advancement, development, and professional growth?
  • Do I hope to secure a new job within my current industry? Or do I want to change industries?”

Once you have defined your short and long-term goals and objectives, write them down and post them somewhere you can reference on a daily basis.

5) Work on your job search little by little.

Attempting to tackle too much at once will increase your chances of becoming overwhelmed or discouraged during the job search process. Split up your long-term career objectives into more achievable short-term goals and make a list of the weekly tasks necessary to achieve those goals. Create a schedule and enter specific tasks into your calendar. Stay on track by performing the tasks at the appointed times.

Plan to spend one hour each day browsing the job opportunities in your market of choice. Most job search platforms allow you to “save” jobs for later if you do not have time to apply at that moment. Schedule time in your calendar to complete your saved job applications – and then be sure to submit each application on time.

No matter the status of your job search, it is imperative that you make an effort to expand and nurture your professional network. Set aside at least 15 minutes each day of your job search to focus on networking activities.

Your investment of time and commitment to completing scheduled tasks will eventually pay off.

6) Partner with a career coach.

Changing careers can be overwhelming and difficult to manage along with all of your other daily responsibilities. A professional career coach can help you develop a career transition strategy that is actionable and accommodates your schedule.

A coach will motivate and encourage you and help you execute your job search with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. A good coach will support you through the process, hold you accountable to your strategic plan, and keep track of measurable progress and quantifiable results.

7) Wait patiently for the best job opportunities.

No matter what, do NOT settle for the wrong job.

If a role does not get you really motivated and excited, just say “NO!” Take your time, and do not make a rash decision.

After all, you probably pursued a career change precisely BECAUSE you have worked in a less-than-ideal job far too long. If possible, wait until you discover a genuinely promising position before making your transition. You will be much more satisfied with the ultimate outcome.

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