By Randi Bussin
Looking for your dream job? Ready to try something new? Helpful tips and tools to move you from one career to another.
10 Tips Towards Career REinvention
If you find yourself burned out, dissatisfied, or seeking more passion in your career, perhaps it is time for you to think about a career change/reinvention. Career reinvention can be a long and scary process. Here are 10 quick tips to help you get there with ease.
1. Assess Your Career Likes and Dislikes: Take a step back and think about your career likes and dislikes, otherwise, you might just grab any opportunity to take you out of your misery.
2. Identify Your Motivated Skills: It is important to make a distinction between the skills you are good at and those you are good at AND enjoy. The latter, called “motivated skills,” typically leads to career satisfaction and should be central to your focus in career transition.
3. Assess Your Interests or Passions: Finding things you are interested in and passionate about most likely will lead to career enjoyment. Reflect on your past and the things you have enjoyed, whether in a professional or personal setting. After you jot them down, go back and look for themes.
4. Assess The rewards you want to get from your work: Understanding your values, or the rewards you want from work is probably the most important of reinvention process. Our values touch the core of who we are, why we work, and if they are not being met, this mostly likely will lead to career dissatisfaction.
5. Assess Your Finances: Career change can require additional expenditures for professional development, joining professional associations, technical equipment, résumé development, and cash flow to buffer the in-between times. Make sure you have put enough aside.
6. Brainstorm Potential Career Options: Once you have had a chance to assess your career likes, dislikes, motivated skills, values, and passions, then brainstorm career options where you can hopefully meet most of the criteria you have outlined.
7. Research Occupations and Industries: Once you have narrowed your brainstorming options to a few careers / industries / occupations, begin your research to learn more about them and make a decision.
8. Consider Dipping Your Toe in the Water: Now that you have narrowed down your potential choices and hopefully have earmarked a field in which you want to work, you might consider getting some real world experience to road test this career.
9. Prepare Your Marketing Kit: One of the biggest mistakes career changers make is to try to use the same résumé and LinkedIn profile. This won’t work; revamp them to be more relevant to where you are going.
10. Power Up Your Networking and Find a Mentor: The key to changing careers is to develop new connections and to use these connections to move into the field in which you aspire to work.
Randi Bussin, a Career Reinvention strategist, guides executives and business owners towards a renewed sense of direction, an actionable career reinvention and personal branding plan.