The pandemic had thrown up a lot of questions about how we live and how we earn money. In some cases, there have been layoffs, and other people have simply decided they need a career change.
With everything up in the air, the year 2021 could be the perfect time to make the switch and pursue a job you’ve always wanted to do.
Here are the steps you need to make it happen.
Analyze Skills and Interests
Whether you are in a job, you are dissatisfied with one, or you are ready to leave full-time education and embark on a career for the first time, you need to spend some time considering your personality and skills set.
Often the loudest voices are heard in the pursuit of your perfect job, but things are changing and employers will consider quite personalities that have the necessary skills and attitude. The trick is to identify your strengths early on.
Research Career Paths
There are many reasons why you might be dissatisfied with your career path, it might be because you fell into the career after leaving education, or you’ve worked for someone out of loyalty. If you want a new career it pays to perform adequate research this time.
After you have identified your strengths and weaknesses you might have an idea of what career will suit you best. Try to narrow this list down to around five and research them in greater depth. Find out the salary potential and career progression. Something like food factory jobs might seem like the perfect fit.
Reach out to Employers
These days there are several ways you can contact employers and enquire about vacancies. You can do so through a recruitment firm, directly through a job board listing, or indirectly by reaching out with unsolicited enquiries. If you do this you will find employers very reasonable and responsive.
With the advent of the Internet and digital enterprises it has become more common than before to network informally with employers. Feel free to create a cover letter email and a resume attached and send it to your target employers. Even if they don’t respond now they may contact you during their next recruitment drive.
Upskill With Training
If you don’t have the skills you need for a job in your ideal industry, then it’s time to skill-up. You may have a degree, but even if it’s in a related subject that doesn’t mean you will have the required know-how for the job.
Before you even apply for the job it’s worthwhile finding out the skills needed and developing them to some degree. Of course, you won’t master them even if you take a pricey online course. But training will give you a strong foundation to start from if and when you get hired.
Revise Your Resume
Some people think a resume is no longer essential. It’s true that many applications are now carried out digitally and even include a short video interview, but your resume is still worthwhile and valuable to employers.
Decide what resume would suit you best, a skills-based one or a chronological one. Always play to your strengths.
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