There are times when we seek to diversify job search, so we could effectively branch out to different industries. In this case, we may find new opportunities not discovered in earlier job hunting sessions. Since we were in high school, we may already pick a career field and we already know what majors to choose in the college. However, we may fail to determine if our qualifications and skills will directly translate into a good job opportunity.
It doesn’t mean that we need to apply to all early job openings in job market, even if they are not related to our education. In fact, the way we perform in the job market could also indicate our professionalism. One best option is to focus on a smaller geographic area and determine whether there are acceptable employers in the region.
If there are, we should examine the available job positions and descriptions and see whether they are suitable for our resume. It can be rather challenging to have a midlife career change, but it is also a rather exciting prospect to have the ability to rewrite our resume and cover letter. This step should also help us expand our employment options.
If it is rather difficult for us to find new employment, it is important to examine our strengths and weaknesses. As an example, we should apply to any customer service job if we are not good in communicating with strangers. We should choose an industry where we can succeed in the field. There’s also a possibility that we can’t find a job yet because we are just too stretched across too diverse career paths.
In fact, it is more likely for us to miss a good opportunity in our primary expertise if we expand too much. If our job search session starts to drag on, it could be rather tempting to apply too soon for everything. However, we should be focused on our job skills and qualifications.
We should be perfectly realistic about the type of jobs we are applying for. It should be noted that if we choose to venture to a different industry or career field, there’s a possibility that we need to start from a more junior level position compared to our original career field. Although this may seem like a definite step backwards, we could do this if we see much better prospects in the future and we are motivated to work in this new career field.
We should also show our employers that we are perfectly capable of talking new challenges and we also have the flexibility to easily expand our skill set across many industries. This should become a strong asset in the future.
If it is particularly difficult for us to find a new job, we may need to consider some professional help. Months could be passed without real responses from prospective employers and this could be indicated that we should get help immediately. Professionals helps are also needed if we want to change career.