Want to Change Up Careers? Here is How You Can Land Your Best One Yet
*This was an older post that was republished in December. I left my awesome-old job for an even better new one! You can read all about it here.
Tired of your job? Lacking variety?
Looking for a job that helps your personal productivity - rather then consuming all of your energy before you are even home?
I’m lucky. I don’t have to spend an average of 40 hours a week, 174 hours a month, or 2,080 hours a year.. doing something I hate. I’m not limited to seeing the same office, chair, coworker or desk every day, and I most definitely don’t have to deal with the summer office blues… (In case your wondering, it is the illness of being stuck in a gloomy office when the sun is finally shining in the north country). My career is filled with great variety, a whole lot of tools, the summer sun and a tremendous learning experience.
So how does my career work? I run the hardware of a state network. I could bore you with the details, but essentially I drive around a large area traveling to install, maintain, and refurbish weather sites (I'm a weather nut).
So why do I bring this up? Because I’m a woman working outside, doing both labor and mental work (who knew you could have both), driving an oversized pick-up truck and working with tools. Let me tell you… I get some pretty interesting looks! I get to do what I want and not what society or anybody else wants.
Women are no longer bound to tradition. They can be successful in nearly any career.
Below is a list of recommendations to help you get the career YOU want.
Develop your desired skill set immediately.
Maximum effort means MAXIMUM effort. Intern, volunteer, observe, work extra hours, meet with people within your desired field, take on required courses, stand out from the rest... During the summers at University, when other students were going home I was working, volunteering and staying on campus. During spring break? I saved my money and spent the entire break working. I needed the experience, I needed the connections and I needed to put in the effort. Essentially, it was this experience that got me my job.
Find Great References
And I mean trustworthy references who know you, the work you do, and who can discuss YOU in detail. Having the lady down the hall that you say hi to occasionally is probably not the best reference. Your best friend isn't either.. they need to know you at your job utilizing your skills. Having somebody who you have worked side by side with, you can trust and knows your capabilities is someone you need for reference.
Be Willing to Look for Jobs Everywhere
Google it, and I mean truly google it. Look at University forums, business forums, business sites, contact companies directly, talk to connections, word of mouth and of course the big search engines such as indeed.com, monster.com, Snagajob and the list goes on and on. Put the effort into searching, taking notes, looking at employee reviews. When I applied for my job, I also applied for 15 others that I thought would help me get where I wanted to be. I received an offer to over 10 of them.
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Be Organized and Make a Job Priority List.
Start with the job you want the most and follow with ones that can help you get this job.
If you don’t see your dream job, make sure to apply to different ones that will help you get there. Start by scanning for various jobs and compiling a list of the ones that fit your financial needs while also giving you the experience. When you complete this list, make sure you add deadlines and the most relevant details. Then prioritize, pick one or two to apply to as well.
Find a Balance Between Detail and Simplicity in Resume Writing.
Keep it straightforward and neat. Let them know you without boring them. Don’t write a 3 page paper about all of your success and rewards. Write down your work experience followed by 5 main, concise key points about that experience. When discussing skills, keep it brief and relevant. For my job, I’m not going to write down 3 paragraphs of what I do in a day (although I easily could).. I write down 5 main components of my job that are relevant to the position I’m applying for.
Reread Your Resume 20 Times During Different Periods of the Day ... and then have somebody else read it.
When I was on the board for hiring, if there were spelling and grammar errors I through them out. If you can’t put in the effort and time to make your resume professional, means that you might not put the time needed to be successful at your job.
Finally, submit your resume with confidence & start practicing for interviews!