Many people feel a little stuck in their day to day job. Afraid to take that plunge into the unknown because they don’t want to lose that job security or consistent wage. But staying in a job that isn’t paying you what you want or that you just don’t enjoy is no good. More people are living to work instead of working to live and now as we approach the end of the year it could be the ideal time to make the change. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can change your career for the better and ultimately it could help to boost your income for good.
Time to think about your resume
Deciding to make the change is possibly the easy part, it’s the actual finding a job and making that change that can be the hardest. One thing you can do to make things a little easier to ensure that your resume is completely up to date. Give it a good read through to ensure it is free from grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, and even tailor the resume to suit the type of job you are interested in securing. HIghlighting skills that you have as well as necessary experience.
Could you retrain to do something different?
Sometimes the industry we are in is just not suited to what we want to do for the rest of our lives, so now might be the time to make that change, set yourself a new year goal and learn a new job role or industry. It might mean look at an mba with engineering focus or going back to university to take on something more indepth like psychology or sociology. Many different jobs require different skills and knowledge, so it is ideal to research the industry to ensure that you have all the necessary skills and attributes.
Are you interview ready?
Having a decent resume and all the skills to do a job is just half the battle, many people have to ensure that they impress in person and if you are not confident in interviews this might be difficult. Try and get interview ready by practising some basic interview style questions and placing a little focus on your image.
Research will help you find the ideal job for you
Research is one of the best things you can do. With the internet full of information you have no excuse not be informed about relevant industry leaders, as well as knowing about companies that you might end up having interviews for. Knowing this in advance of any interview will show initiative and ambition to succeed, and it could potentially help you to answer difficult interview questions.
You can also add in research on the salary levels of the industry you wish to make a career change in. With the technology sector, for example, large salaries are reserved for jobs that involve highly-skilled work. Here is an example of the salary rate of software engineer in some cities earning 6-figures. Should you choose to make a career change in this industry the rewards are almost always high.
Having the confidence to take that leap of faith
Finally, having the confidence to take that leap of faith is half the battle. It is hard to move on from a job that you may have done for sometime, or feel that you are secure in some way. But to have satisfaction in a career you must love what you do, and often making that change can be one of the best decisions you make.