You’ll Struggle To Find A Position In That New Career If You Don’t…

When most people embark on a new career, they’re in their early twenties and fresh out of some type of higher education. If they’ve been to university, they’ll likely already have some experience in their field. Even if not, chances are they’ve spent years working towards this goal.

But what happens if you’re in your forties and decide you need a career change? Far from being fresh for the picking, you’ll be a dab hand in an entirely different field. And that can be a daunting and even damaging reality.

The sad fact is that embarking on a new career in later life isn’t easy. But that’s not to say it’s impossible. Far from it, in fact. Many people take the plunge and never look back.

If you’re looking over the cliff face right now, you’ve come to the right place. I spoke, not so long ago, about the things you shouldn’t do when changing careers. But, today, I’m going to look at what you SHOULD do to get your foot in the new job door.

Get training before you apply

If you’re opting for a complete turnaround, there’s a chance that your current job doesn’t do much to recommend you. Aside from showing your ability to fulfill a role, your experience could be useless. The sad fact is, the job market is saturated. Skilled roles often require some experience or training.

As you don’t have experience behind you here, it’s important to focus on the latter. There are training courses and even online classes for most things nowadays. By paying for these before you apply, you have a much better chance at selection. What’s more, such courses can give you a taste for the job. As such, they’re a good idea all around.

 

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Know where to look

When you’re stepping into unfamiliar water, even knowing where to look can be daunting. But, doing your research here can ensure that you apply in the right places. On the one hand, learning the right names and sending inquiry emails can be all it takes.

You might also want to familiarize yourself with industry specialized job searches, like the agriculture-based one you’ll find if you click here. These give you an in-point into your chosen field. Research using such resources will show what roles are available, and how you can apply. Even if you don’t find anything, reading up on specific jobs will show you what’s required for the position.

Get your name out there

As mentioned above, sending emails to the people up top can be enough to secure roles. But, that’s not the only way to get your name into your newly desired industry. It’s also worth following influential figures in the field on social media and interacting that way.

If you can, take the time also to attend industry events. You have a much better chance of succeeding in the interview stages if the employer already knows of you. So, shout loud and proud, and let your new field know you’ve arrived.

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