Is a career change on your horizon?
I am sure that we all can agree that changing careers at any age or stage can be a difficult transition. You must be your greatest cheerleader, keep your head up, remain positive and by all means...remain diligent.
If you are facing the dawn of a new career, here are some tips that may help you complete your mission.
Self-Assessment. Work with a trusted friend or mentor to honestly assess your skills and abilities. Ask yourself the same questions any potential employer will ask you. What do you have that is so exceptional? What do you have to offer that will benefit your future employer? What can you do better than most people? Can you clearly demonstrate your abilities through business results? Can you provide statistcs to show the previous contributions that you've made? You must determine where you are before you can determine where you are going.
Gap-Analysis. What gaps exist between where you are now and where you desire to go? Does the position you desire require more specialized training or experience? A more advanced degree? Some type of certification? Determine the requirements of the desired job then sit down to develop a strategic plan that will enable you to meet those requirements.
Build a Positive Support Team. This is a very important step, because this is not an easy undertaking. You need to surround yourself with friends and family, who are very supportive, positive and who can help you brain-storm through the challenges of this new career and job search. Stay away from people, who will dampen your spirits. It is important to surround yourself with positive energy. Build a Strategic Network. Take a realistic view of all the people you know and build a strategic network of trusted business-minded professionals. They will be your brain-trust or master-mind group. They will tap their networks and connections and they will help you to strategically weave through challenges related to your career and job search. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance or honest feedback. Tap into their business skills and knowledge instead of reinventing the wheel. PM