TAP In with Tristan : 3 Tips for Career Switchers

Tristan talks about 3 tips, trends, and strategies for career switchers. According to a recent Gallup survey, 48% of employees are actively seeking new opportunities. But many job seekers are going to have to contend with the reality that careers and workplaces are rapidly changing. Here are a few tips, trends, and strategies that you need to know.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about 3 tips, trends, and strategies for career switchers.

According to a recent Gallup survey, 48% of employees are actively seeking new opportunities. But many job seekers are going to have to contend with the reality that careers and workplaces are rapidly changing. Here are a few tips, trends, and strategies that you need to know.

First, the entry points for job seekers are changing. Previously, many companies had sketchy degree requirements. But companies are now dropping four-year degree requirements and are beginning to prioritize candidates who have applied experience. This means experiences like internships, project work, specialized training, and certifications will give job seekers an edge. Many companies like Amazon, Salesforce, and Microsoft have started company-led training programs to provide candidates with the skills needed, opening up another entry point for the roles they’re seeking.

Next, since the workplace is changing rapidly, there is a constant skills gap, and companies are looking for lifelong learners. According to the Entrepreneurial Sales Institute, 96% of universities believe they produce employable people, 11% of employers believe universities produce employable people, and 80% of employees don’t believe they have the skills to do their job. This means that learning doesn’t stop once people graduate; in fact, many employees are learning the skills they need while on the job. So, lifelong learners will remain competitive and marketable in the job market. Find some project work, engage in training, enroll in certificate programs, and utilize learning platforms to enhance your skillset and gain new skills.

Lastly, you need to move fast or get left behind. In 2014, LinkedIn’s Top 10 jobs were roles that hadn’t existed five years earlier. As the popularity of certain roles decreases, new roles emerge, and you need to stay on top of the trends. In one of my recent tips, we discussed the top 5 growing industries in 2022 to help you do just that. As you evaluate your career options, you should consider growth potential and long-term needs.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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