A new career can be a daunting new start for anyone and sometimes just even beginning a new career path can be difficult to do without a little push or motivation.
Too often successful careers are left in the dust because many make the mistake of not taking opportunities that come their way. The start of a new year can be a great way to motivate you to start anew. Whether you are a newly graduated student or just looking to start something new here are some tips that can help you get things going for the new year:
- Revamp Your Resume – When you are starting a new career you want to make sure you are using all the tools available to you to get started right. Take a pair of fresh eyes to your resume. If you already have a resume then take another look at it to make sure that it is tailored to your new career goals. If you do not have as much experience in your new career field then you might want to think about ways that you can display how your skills can be beneficial in this new field.
- Make Some New Acquaintances – A great way to get your foot in the door to any field is to network with experts and professionals in the field. Look into mixers or conventions near you and bring copies of your resume as well as business cards that you can give out. Another simple way to network is to connect with people through social media such as Facebook and especially LinkedIn. Remember, following or “friending” someone is just half of the effort. You also need to interact and engage with them frequently. Creating a connection even before meeting can help you get to know professionals in the field on a personal level that can extend to a professional relationship.
- Start A New Wardrobe – Going shopping for new clothes might seem superficial, but it is a great way to boost your confidence and show others that you are serious about your new career. Adding some new professional pieces to your wardrobe can have you ready to take on interviews and also help you feel more confident about this new step. Regardless of your field having a few new and professional pieces to your wardrobe is good to have in case of meeting with executives or other upper-level management.
- Practice Your Interview Skills – Practice makes perfect and the same goes for interviewing skills. Especially if you have not been job hunting for sometime you might want to brush up your interviewing techniques before scheduling any job interviews. Ask a friend to help you practice and have them interview you using some standard job interview questions. You can often find lists of questions online that you can use for this practice session. Also, consider recording yourself during the interview so that you can watch it later and note how you can improve. Recording yourself might seem awkward at first, but it is a great way to see how your body language might translate during an interview.
- Get Informed – If you want to succeed in your new career path you need to make sure you are informed about the latest literature and trends in the field. Keep up to date with not just employment trends but also the most recent information about the field you are trying to enter. If you find that there is a program you need to learn or be familiar with, it might be worth looking into taking a workshop about it or look into free online courses that can help you learn the basics. There are many free sources online for at home education about various topics and fields. Keeping informed can also make you more desirable to employers who are often looking for new employees to implement new trends in the field into their own companies. Learning new skills in general is a great way to show your versatility and willingness to learn.
Starting a new career is both scary and exciting, and a new year is always a great time to embark on a new adventure that you have been waiting to start. New careers often happen when we are proactive and just decide to take a chance to try. With these small but effective tips you can make sure your new career path is on the road to success.
Vera Marie Reed is freelance writer living in Glendale, California. This mother of two specializes in education and parenting content. When she’s not delivering expert advice, you can find her reading, writing, arts, going to museums and doing craft projects with her children.