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Trading Places: How To Snag A Job In A Completely New Industry

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Once you start working in a particular industry, it can seem like you are going to be there for the rest of your life. But nothing could be further from the truth. So, if you want to reposition yourself and swap industries for an entirely new career, read on. We’ve pulled together some of the best tips out there that can give you a helping hand. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know.

Organise your thoughts

The first step is to have a long, hard think about what it is you want to do – and the industry you need to consider for making your dream a reality. For example, let’s say you are working in a traditionally low-paying industry like retail – perhaps you could make a switch into doing customer service or something similar in the finance industry? Or, maybe you want to enjoy a better work-life balance after spending years working as a door-to-door salesperson. Maybe you could put your customer skills to good use by learning about personal finances, and qualifying as a financial advisor?

Fill in the gaps

As we alluded to above, paying to get the qualifications needed to switch industries might be necessary, so make sure you understand what needs to be done. Ultimately, no matter how keen or impressive you appear to be to a potential employer in another industry if qualifications are required, you need to have them.

Start networking

Next, start to get your name out there. Speak to your local recruitment consultants who will be able to explain what your options are. Build up relationships with people in the industry you want to work in, too – perhaps try following them on linkedin or Twitter, and once you have developed a friendly relationship, start asking them for tips or advice. And finally, don’t be afraid to contact companies in your local area – and beyond – even if they don’t have any current vacancies. You never know: you might get a phone call from them if an opportunity arises and you have already impressed them with your enthusiasm.

Refocus your cv

When you are looking to change industries, you are going to have some work to do to polish up your CV. While you may not have any experience working in that particular sector, think about the transferable skills you have picked up over the years, and put them front and centre of your cv.

Build up your soft skills

Soft skills will help you show your potential employer that you are flexible, adaptable, and can communicate well with all types of people, from customers through to CEOs and board level people. And in many cases, you will find that with good soft skills, you will be able to walk into almost any kind of industry, as long as you have other transferable skills to back it up.

Ignore the inner demons

Over the course of your attempt to change industries, you are likely to suffer rejection. But don’t let this play on your mind. Once that inner voice starts telling you what you are doing is impossible, it can often start impacting on your psyche. Good luck!

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Good luck in your search,
Joey

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