Career Shifting Strategies

4/8/2019, By Sze-Yen Chee

 Career shifting is hard, but not impossible. Here are 7 tips for a successful career switch. 

1)   Know What You Want

It’s really important to have clarity about what you want. Many are unable to answer this question, muddying their thoughts with concerns about finance, what others may think, obstacles real or imagined. Do speak to a career coach or mentor to gain clarity and develop a career plan. 


Career shifting is really different than a mere job change. It requires mental and financial preparation and a lot more hard work. Career shifting is not a matter to simply applying to all sorts of jobs hoping that one would land. It requires a calculated deliberate approach where you apply transferable skills that the employers would need


2)   Know your Unique Selling Proposition and identify your Transferable Skills

Following on from the previous point, you should identify your transferable skills and unique value that would be relevant to your target market. Focus on what your future employer would need.


3)   Research the Market and Explore Options

In order to really know what your future employer needs, you have to research widely. This would help you zoom in on the issues and challenges that your future employer is facing, and help you articulate your value to him. 


4)   Network!

You will need to network even more widely than before to uncover the hidden market, to learn more about your new industry of choice and to connect to people in your target market. Leverage your network to connect to opportunities and to validate what you uncovered from your secondary research. Join professional associations relevant to your new industry, take courses, attend conferences or volunteer.


5)   Manage your Job Search

You are likely to face more obstacles in career switching than a job change. Chances of rejection is likely to be higher than normal, so do manage your job hunt and be ready for anything.


6)   Position yourself strategically

One question that’s likely to come up is why you want to make a career switch. Be prepared to answer authentically and explain your purpose and intentions. Follow up with how you can add value, and articulate the many transferable skills you bring with you.


7)   Relook at your Resume, Cover Letter (where relevant) and LinkedIn

Do your written job search collateral still focus on your previous role and responsibilities? Do rethink how you want to present yourself in writing – focus on transferable skills and key achievements that highlight your transferable abilities.


We hope these tips have been useful. Contact us at [email protected] for more career advice.