We are not going to bore you with the why-s of switching careers, as we believe that you are mature enough to know why exactly you want to change paths at this age in your life. Everyone has their own reasons for a career change. It takes most young professionals several job hops within their initial career field to realize that they're on the wrong career path.
Some creatives learn the bitter truth that their passion is not earning them enough bread, while others hate the monotony of their jobs and want to do something more challenging at work. We value the guts it takes to switch a job that has the cushion of a few years' experience and dive into altogether new seas - and hence want to give you some advice to make the career change a smooth landing.
Here is a how-to-guide to changing careers. Remember the key is to be smart about it.
1. Know Market Demand
Before launching a full- fledged mission to land the job, know how much gold you can dig. Know how much you can command, and where will this industry be within the next five years. Obviously you were taught the Demand and Supply rule back in school. So go for a job that has less supply and more demand. Unless you are consumed by relentless passion, please look for a job that is better paying. You see, all work is bad. But a bigger salary just makes it worth the ride!
2. Show Them Your Passion For The Job
Saying you want to shift to an altogether new line in India makes you look mental to recruiters. So you should be showing your passion for the job by taking on a relevant project and learning the required skills requisite for the job. Showing them that you spent your time, energy and resources (read precious thousands!) in your preferred line of work actually shows that you are interested in the job.
3. Show Them You Got Transferable Skills
Identify something from your past and current experience that can actually help your case. While you may not have the required skills specifically, identify skills from your previous work experience that can help you. But hey, don't write things like "I once pursued a girl even after her having filed a police complaint" to show your "persuasion skills"!
4. Have A Persuading Cover Letter
Take your cover letter as a pitch, and build the cricket around it! Yes, dear reader, downloading the best sounding cover letter and doing a Ctrl +C, Ctrl +V won't help! No one wants to read that downloaded cover letter. You have to be genuine in your cover letter, show them how you managed to achieve your KRAs and be good at what you did, and tell them how you can apply your present experience to do what the proposed job demands. Tell a story. Your Story.
5. Don't Look For Jobs, Look For People
Recruiters don't necessarily have imaginative skills. So they can't imagine an engineer being a good portfolio planner. It is, therefore, best to place your bets on people. Try to persuade them. Stalking on LinkedIn helps! Find people who are middle or senior management in the firms you want to work at, and tell them how you think you can be a good fit at the role. Ask them for their permission to send across your CV and gently ask for their email ID. Prepare to get ignored. But don't give up. Because it is your job, and no one has to give it a shot but you!
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