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Want to do something new? How to tackle a career change.


Career change is a pretty big move for most people and can feel overwhelming. Sometimes just figuring out what you want to do is half the battle. More often than not people will continue on in careers that they are really not happy in because the thought of what it takes to change is overwhelming.

First things first, what do you want to do? Many people get stuck right here. It doesn’t need to be that challenging. Are assessments and quizzes helpful? Sure, they will tell you a little more about yourself than you knew before and your likely to gain some additional insight. In addition and one of the easier ways to crossover to a new career is to identify your transferable skills, figure out what they are and how you could apply them in a new setting or role. Examples of transferable skills are:

  • Leadership

  • Business Strategy

  • Communication

  • Managing

  • Data Analysis

  • Research

  • Employee Development

  • Process Improvement

  • Hiring/Staffing

  • Budgets & Reporting

The key is to figure out what is most important in the role you are looking to get into and then map over your transferable skills. Be sure these are highlighted on your resume and that you can convey how you can apply these successfully in the role, don't forget to bring your accomplishment stories.

If your looking to do something completely different, say go from a sales job into teaching, then a gap analysis will be important to identify what things you will need to do to make that happen. What additional education will you need, certifications, etc. It’s entirely achievable but the key is taking the time to map out a plan to get you from A to B.

Still feeling stuck, don’t waste any more time, enlist the help of a family member, friend, or a professional career coach to help you on your journey. Anything is possible and in the end you will be so happy you took the steps you did.

For more information or to sign up for career coaching and/or resume services, please email info@jlmcareers.com or visit our

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