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There seems to be endless possibilities for those having to make a
career change. When this opportunity becomes available some know exactly
what they will do and where they will do it while others become
overwhelmed by the endless possibilities and don’t know where to begin.
Three ways to help narrow down those seemingly endless possibilities:
1. Find out what you are interested in. If there are 2 or 3 industries
that have always been of interest to you, check them out. Find out the
main players in the industries and start doing research on the companies
and industries to see if there is an environment that will fit your
talents. You will love your job, be fulfilled, and be more productive if
you find what it is you love doing.
Research industry associations, and related groups on LinkedIn
, Yahoo Groups
and Google Groups
to learn, get involved and begin to make new contact in the fields.
These contacts can shed the truth on what the actual jobs will entail
and may be a great source of opportunity.
2. Take an assessment to find where your natural strengths, likes, and
interests lie. Are you a people person and need to be in a team
environment or prefer to work alone? Are you good with people or
numbers? Do you like large companies or small? Left brain or right?
There are several types of assessments including DISC, Myers-Briggs,
360, and many others that focus on you behavioral preferences, skills,
values and who you are inside. Maybe try a few of these assessments to
really delve into your core wants and needs.
3. Learn what is available in your geographic area. If you don’t know
the current hot and hiring industries in your area of the country then
you need to find out. Read local business magazines and newspapers or
begin to pay more attention to your local news. For great source for
statistics on your area and to find out more about industries, fields,
and positions you are interested in, I recommend you spend some time at
Although there are more ways to find out where you’ll fit best for a
career change, these 3 tips will get you started learning about
yourself, your preferences, the area around you and companies to look
into. With just these 3 tips you will be able to weed out the areas that
don’t fit and begin to see a pattern of what type of jobs,
environments, and industries are of interest to you.
Let your curiosity explode as you search for a new fit. The more open
minded you are to your potential, the more opportunities you will find.
Enjoy the challenge and change.