How often do people change careers? It might be more often than you think. Making a career change is an important investment and regardless of how common they are, mistakes are often made. Whether you’re bored at work, burnt out, or simply want a fresh challenge, there are a number of considerations that go into a successful career change.
Daniel Bortz of Monster explores common mistakes that job seekers need to watch out for when exploring new opportunities. Here are a few to try to avoid to be successful in your search:
- Making a rash decision
- Choosing based on salary
- Not researching the job market in your next field
- Quitting without another job offer lined up
- Neglecting your networking
- Going back to school prematurely
- Not adjusting your resume for a career change
The most common mistake is often not tailoring your resume to the new industry you’re pursuing. For career changers, a functional resume is more likely to promote your qualifications than a chronological resume. Put in the time and effort to update and polish your credentials by checking out some job descriptions in your desired field and note what skills and credentials are valued.
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