Can you hear that? That’s the sound of your dream career calling to you – and it’s closer than you think! Many of us have an ideal job in mind, that one role we’d just love to be doing. Be it a realistic leap from current employment or something completely different – we feel that by having this job, our future would be brighter, and our day to day life more fulfilled.
At CV-Library, we’re firm believers in turning dreams into reality. So, we’ve put together the below steps to help you make the leap from “Sure, I like my job,” to “I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!”
Step One: Don’t forget your goal
Once you’ve decided on your dream job, write it down, stick it on your fridge, and tell yourself every day that you’ll get there eventually. Taking a moment to feel inspired every day will help keep you motivated!
Step Two: Work out how to get from A to B
Using research, networking and career advice services, make a watertight plan detailing how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Break this plan of action down into manageable steps you can tick off as you go along.
Step Three: Train up
If your dream job is vastly different to your current occupation you may need to train for qualifications in your chosen field. These days, going back to square one is entirely manageable alongside full time work, with e-learning courses and evening classes available to help you gain new skills without compromising your earning ability.
Step Four: Identify transferable skills
Write a list of the qualities, experiences and qualifications needed for your dream job. Now write a list of those you possess already. This will help you to identify your transferable skills – hone these to the best of your ability, in preparation for your career change. You should also be able to see which areas need work– try and gain some experience at your current job or through outside endeavours.
Step Five: Get your targets in sight
You should also begin researching companies that employ people with your dream profession. Keep a list of business names and points of contact, and monitor their recruitment activities.
Step Six: Sell yourself
It’s never too early to start working on improving your CV, but when you feel you’re ready to begin applying for jobs – make sure you list all of your most relevant experiences and transferable skills in plain sight for hiring managers to see. A covering letter explaining why you’re looking to change career and how you’ve gone about preparing yourself to do so could make all the difference. Use those contacts you’ve collected to approach hiring managers or HR contacts and explain your profile in detail.
Step Seven: Go for the long game
Miracles don’t happen overnight. It might take weeks, months or even longer for your plan to reach fruition. Bear this in mind and don’t let potential rejections get you down. Keep repeating Steps One – Six and you will get there one day!
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