A career transition from one type of job to another can be a simple choice to make or it can be an overwhelming obstacle that many people struggle to overcome. The way you navigate a career transition translates into the difference between success and failure. Here are our tips for navigating a career transition as effectively and successfully as possible:
1. Know your strengths and skills.
Start thinking about other roles where you can apply these. We often find that we look for similar roles, stay in our comfort zone of what we know. It can be easier to transfer to a different type of role within our current organisation first as we understand the business. However, if you pitch it right and think about it, 6 months into a job and you have the transfer done!
2. Self belief and positivity are key ingredients for career transition.
This comes back again to knowing you are, what you offer and creating your own unique brand. Reinforce that self belief by visualising yourself in your new role can help. Believe you can!
3. Transition is a process with many ups and downs.
It takes time and energy from creating the CV, to actively networking and finally getting to interviewing. Interviews gain you confidence, insight and deeper awareness. Use them as a learning curve and ask for constructive feedback to assist that learning.
4. Reflect and take time to pause and think before your next move.
In our busy lives, we often don’t take this chance to evaluate where we are now, where we want to be and how we get there. Start writing things down. Create a career journal. This time spent evaluating your current situation is what will get you the next best role for you considering all factors.
5. Get to know a recruiter or two you can trust or seek help from a career coach.
Ask them to help you holistically as opposed to just fitting you into a box. Look at the impacts on family, career progression, culture and values of the new organisation. Are they aligned to yours? Do you have a good gut feeling when they are interviewing you? We spend 1/3 of our time in work so a good fit is essential!
6. Career transition can take 6 months and beyond.
Plan for this time and don’t rush the process. Be patient and wait for the right role as opposed to jumping too quickly. The more you absorb yourself into the, the more you learn about yourself and the market place.
7. Set up a folder for your applications.
Keep track of where you have sent your CV, a list of applied to job specifications and any additional information. Job specifications are taken offline and you may not have been called for interview yet so be sure to hang on to these so you don’t have to ask for them.
8. You find yourself at Number 2 position but not actually getting the role.
This is a common situation. Firstly opportunities may emerge from being Number 2. It may not have been an ideal fit or there may be something to work on at interview stage. Find out this information as most interviewers are happy to assist especially when you have got that far in the process.
9. Understand the change curve!
There can be a rollercoaster of emotions during the transition process such as excitement, daunting, anxiety, elation so acknowledge them all and seek support if you need it.
10. Finally, you need a little luck and on your side.
You can swing the odds in your favour by actively seeking new opportunities and putting yourself out there. Open the avenues and explore all the options even if they don’t seem ideal at first. Go for coffees with people that can assist you and that know you well. They can be your greatest asset. Ask for referrals and introductions and remember a thank you goes a long way.