If there’s one thing I’m intimately familiar with it’s making a career pivot. After beginning my post-college work life in the television news industry, I’ve reinvented myself professionally many times. I’ve been a quality expert, managed millions of dollars in industrial sales, managed government projects, and now focus on not just being a life coach, but working as a published author.

Making a career change can be a daunting task.  It’s often difficult to know where to start, especially if you’re wanting to pivot to an entirely new industry. However, it is possible to make a successful transition with the right planning and preparation.

One – Do Your Research

The first step to starting over your career in a new industry is to do your research. You need to have a good understanding of the industry you’re interested in and the specific job roles that exist within it. Talk to people already working in the industry, and read as much as you can about it. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be when it comes time to make your move.

The research will also help you identify any potential gaps in your skillset. If specific skills are essential for success in the new industry, make sure you take steps to acquire them before making the switch. There’s no sense in starting over your career if you’re not fully prepared for it.

Two – Build Your Network

Another essential tip for starting over your career is to build your network. It’s critical to connect with people already working in the industry you’re interested in. They can provide valuable insights, advice, and connections that will help you as you make the transition. Attend industry events, join relevant professional organizations, and reach out to people you know who work in the field. The more people you know, the better positioned you’ll be to find a job that’s a good fit for your skills and experience.

And don’t forget about social media! Platforms like LinkedIn are great for connecting with other professionals and building your online presence. Make sure your profile is up-to-date and includes relevant keywords for your target industry. You never know who might be looking for someone with your exact skill set.

Three – Refresh Your Resume

Once you’ve done your research and built your network, it’s time to update your resume. Start by tailoring your resume to the specific industry you’re interested in. Next, highlight any skills, experience, or accomplishments relevant to the field. If you don’t have much experience in the industry yet, focus on transferable skills from previous jobs. The goal is to make sure your resume is as targeted and relevant as possible.

In addition to updating the content of your resume, also take some time to update the format and design. Use a modern template to make your resume stand out from the rest. And don’t forget to proofread! A well-written, error-free resume will give you a significant advantage as you start your job search.

Four – Know Your Rights

Employment law can be complex, and there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there. If you’re starting over your career in a new industry, it’s essential to know your rights as an employee. Familiarize yourself with the basics of employment law, and don’t hesitate to reach out to workers compensation lawyers if you have specific questions or concerns. Knowing your rights will help you avoid any legal issues down the road and ensure that you’re treated fairly in the workplace.

No matter how old you are, a professional reinvention is possible.

These are just a few essential tips for starting over your career in a new industry. You can make a successful transition with the correct planning and preparation. So don’t be afraid to take the plunge!

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