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Your Career Change — Six Steps to Success

Career ChangeThinking about a career change? Kudos my friend for having the courage to leave your comfort zone! A career change can improve your lifestyle, well-being and income.

But how can you do it successfully? For the lucky few it can be a simple process. Having the right connections; buying a business or turning a hobby into a money tree can be successful options. But then for the rest of us, a career change can take planning, strategy and determination.

1. Planning your career change

Applying for a job that’s foreign to your work history can be the toughest gig of all. You must be realistic. Is the position in demand, particularly in your location, or will you need to move? Will the business demand for this position grow in the coming years? If so, then what will you need to do to land the job? Will you need certain qualifications? Is your health and age appropriate? Are you prepared to take an entry level position? If you’re okay with all of this, then the next step is to review your qualifications.

2. Qualifications

How qualified are your competitors? You’ll need equivalent qualifications or better! These days, it’s virtually impossible to walk into a job offering just soft skills, initiative and experience. But let’s say you have the qualifications, then your next consideration is your job seeking approach.

3. Job Applications

Your résumé (or CV) and cover letter must prove that you are the best choice—on all levels. Are you confident you could do the job but just lack the experience and need a break? It’s not enough. Currently, the job market is so competitive that recruiters and employers are being extremely selective. If your résumé or CV addresses all the position requirements, and it is correctly formatted for effective applicant tracking system (ATS) scanning, then there’s a good chance you’ll be short-listed for interview.

4. Preparation for the Interview

How will you outshine the other applicants? You must do your homework. Research the business. Try to understand its mission and challenges. Think about what you can bring to the business to make it better. This is your primary concern as without the business you won’t have a job. Think about areas where you can show initiative. Think about questions you can ask, to demonstrate your interest in the business. Review the position description and try to imagine scenarios that you may be quizzed on. It’s good to have ambition—to be the best at what you do, but it must be for the benefit of the business. Prepare with a business perspective and an operations/technical perspective in mind. View the interview as an exam.

5. The Interview

What can you do for the position/business to make it better? Whatever questions are asked of you, let this theme be the basis of your response, that is, the great value that you’ll bring to the position and the business. Stay upbeat, friendly—you’re a team player and enjoy collaboration. Don’t ramble, be concise, business-like (time is money and you need to demonstrate your awareness of this.) Be confident in your communication. When asked if you have any questions, now is the time to bring up those points you’ve already considered. Be careful though, don’t ask questions that could cause awkwardness. Thank the interviewer/s for their time and then hand over your thank-you letter.

6. The Thank-You Letter

The thank-you letter is more than what it seems. This is an opportunity to reaffirm the positive points you’ve made in your interview, namely your skills and experience which will be highly appropriate; your keen interest in the position and the organization; the value that you plan to bring; and your promise to perform the role with the utmost diligence and care. This can be seen as a contract to which you are prepared to commit in writing, which is a great way to differentiate yourself from the other applicants. Remember, the interviewers will be considering many candidates and it can be hard to decide who is the best. Your thank-you letter will speak for you well after the interview is over.

professional resume writersWell there you have it. Six steps for a successful career change. With the right planning and preparation, anyone can do it.

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Get Your Resume Working Again

resume workingIs your resume or CV working as well as it used to? If not, it’s likely that advancing recruitment technology has pushed it to the bottom of the pile.

Unless your resume/CV is applicant tracking system (ATS) optimized, your chances of getting an interview are less than they were a few years ago. These days most employers and recruiters are using applicant tracking systems to store and and fetch the details of potential candidates.

If you want the interview, you must prepare your resume or CV for ATS scanning.

Preparing for ATS scanning

This is no easy task. Preparing a document that achieves high ATS ranking can be a matter of trial and error. As with Google rankings, CVs and resumes need to match a bunch of keywords selected by the employer. These also must be optimized so they can be found and successfully ranked in recruitment databases. Furthermore, ATS algorithms continue to evolve and tactics such as keyword stuffing are now being rejected by more advanced systems. Many popular formats cannot be read, some are misread and critical information can be ignored.

The best way to ensure that your document is going to surface in the recruiter/employer’s ATS is to enlist the help of a professional resume/CV service that has expertise in this area – such as Best Resumes.

resume workingStudies prove that job applicants who submit professionally written resumes and CVs that are ATS compliant get more interviews than those who write their own. Additionally a well-written CV or resume will highlight exactly what the employer is looking for in a candidate.

Get your resume working again

A professional resume service will get your resume working again. They will ensure your ATS strategy meets current standards. They will not use standardized templates. There are many CV and resume templates readily available, but if you want your documentation to grab employer/recruiter attention, would you use a template that looks like everyone else’s?

At Best Resumes we work with our clients to develop individualized documentation that helps them stand out from the crowd and achieve their goals.

These days one in three resumes/CVs is professionally written. If yours is not, then the chances are you’ll be competing against others who will have a clear advantage.

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