Give Yourself Permission to Dream
Change can be frightening, especially if you have invested years in your current industry. On the other hand, change also brings exciting new opportunities and can be your chance to become the person you wish to be deep down inside, which can be a dream come true. Focus on the running possibilities through your mind, rather than worrying about the unknown or your ability to earn a competitive income.
For many of my clients who utilize my professional resume services in Calgary, the decision to move to a new industry is a matter of practicality. However, people who choose to move because they dream of invigorating opportunities tend to experience a more fulfilling transition.
Research the Industry
Although it is perfectly normal to feel apprehensive when changing industries, it is less intimidating when you know what to expect in terms of pay, advancement opportunities and overall prospects for growth. Here in Alberta, one of your best resources is the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS).
Leading up to the transition, be sure to keep informed of the latest developments in your new industry by monitoring the news and industry insiders. Setting up Google alerts and subscribing to interesting columns and RSS feeds can help you in this effort, as will following industry thought leaders on social media.
Assess Your Skill Sets
Your first objective is to identify which skill sets will be most valuable in your new industry. Soft skills such as leadership, communication and technological savvy are often at the top of this list. A close second would be universal business skills such as finance and budgeting, project management, regulation, and human resources expertise.
Defining the industry-specific skills you need is the next step. Recruiters, contacts within the industry, and the ALIS can help you identify which competencies to develop in order to ease the transition.
Create a Roadmap
Transitions can take up to five years to complete, and it is surprisingly easy to lose track of your progress. A specific, achievable roadmap with defined benchmarks is one of the most effective means to keep your spirits high and your motivation strong.
Include education and certifications, necessary connections, and financial preparations, and attach an estimated timeline to achieve each benchmark you define. Timelines should be negotiable, as you must allow for unexpected obstacles. Remember to acknowledge success when you achieve your benchmarks!
Be Positive, Confident, and Open-Minded
No matter how well you research and prepare, you will encounter surprises along the way. Keeping an open mind will help you manage interruptions and reinforce your confidence. The transition is a journey to enjoy, so maintain a positive outlook every step of the way. As I remind many of my clients, you have found success in your current industry, and you will do it again.
If you would like help preparing your resume for transition, please consider me your personal resume writer in Calgary.