On the forty-sixth entry of Tristan’s Tips, our amazing host Tristan Layfield discusses a couple of things that will help us make that career change in 2020. While switching jobs can be difficult, with a little patience, preparation, and determination we can definitely land the role we want. Listen to the full show to hear all four pieces of advice Tristan offers to help the process go smoothly!
Tristan: Happy New Year Living Corporate! It’s Tristan from Layfield Resume Consulting and I’m back again in collaboration with Living Corporate to bring you another career tip. This week I want to talk to you about career change in 2020.
According to a Deloitte Index Survey, 87% (corrected statistic) of Americans have no passion for their jobs. So there’s no surprise that with a new year comes the idea of switching up your career. With the average person changing their jobs 11.7 times according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you’re in good company. So let’s discuss a couple of things that will help you make that change in 2020!
Number 1: Pack your patience. A recent study by Zety and Jobvite discovered that over 80% of people believe finding that new job will take about 3 months or less. Unfortunately, that same study found that it took almost 22 weeks or 5 and a half months to land that new role. So be patient and understand that this process may be a bit longer than you expected.
Number 2: Understand why you want to switch it up. Are you looking for less stress? More opportunities to showcase your skills? Better pay? 81% of Indeed survey respondents stated they were looking for more happiness at work, but happiness is relative and looks different for everyone, so make sure you have a clear understanding of what you’re seeking. This will then allow you to make a plan to attain it! Based on that I’m pretty sure you can guess what the next thing is, and that’s…
Step 3: Make a plan. Begin by reading through job descriptions to understand exactly what they are looking for in a candidate. While doing this you want to try to start connecting your experience to what you’re reading. If you’re having an issue correlating your experience to at least 70% of the job description, then I would suggest developing a plan to gain more experience and skills.
Number 4: Update your marketing tools. Once you’re figured out why you want to switch your career, understand what type of roles you’re seeking, reflected on how your experience fits, and developed your skillset, you want to take the time to update your resume, LinkedIn and other social media platforms. When working on your resume and LinkedIn, the idea is to connect your past experience to your future one, essentially painting the picture of why you’re the best candidate through your most relevant skills and experience. Make sure to use relevant keywords to help your resume get past the applicant tracking system and to help your LinkedIn profile be found by the right people.
While switching jobs can be difficult, with a little patience, preparation, and determination you can definitely land the role you want. Remember, it’s a process.
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