2) Test out your career idea before making the leap
Career changes can be time-consuming and expensive if you need to retrain, so you have to know you are committed before making the move. “Test out your idea on a small scale first,” recommends Sarah Byrne, career coach at Careershifters. “For example, take a short course before enrolling in a time-intensive course; work shadow or volunteer to see if the reality matches the idea in your head.”
Corinne Mills, managing director of Personal Career Management, agrees that you should test out a new career before committing. “Ask to get involved with a project group at work. Or try to find a mentor in your chosen industry. There are lots of opportunities where you can learn more while continuing to develop your experience,” she says
5) Match your CV to the role you are applying for
On your CV, you need to stand out as the best person who can fill the vacant position, rather than someone who can do their current job, says Lis McGuire, founder of Giraffe CVs. “When you are making a career change, every line of your CV needs to work as hard as possible, showing how you meet the target role requirements and have the necessary skills to do the job. Don’t be afraid to rip your CV up and start again from scratch for each role you apply for to achieve the best results,” she says.
Katherine Burik, founder of The Interview Doctor, agrees: “Hiring managers don’t want to [have to] work hard to determine whether someone is qualified or not. So if your job search materials aren’t exact they will discard your application in favour of people who more obviously meet the criteria.”
Likewise Victoria McLean, founder of CityCV.co.uk, adds that you should match your CV as closely as possible to the hiring manager’s job description. “Your CV should be elegant, impactful and persuasive, with a laser focus on skills and achievements relevant to your target role.”