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| The what, why, who, when, where and how of career transition. What is career transition? |
Career transition refers to the period of time when you are in between jobs. You may have chosen to leave your role to search for another opportunity, or you may have been exited by the organization. In either case, the period of transition can be a challenging one for anyone, even the most accomplished executive. Career transition may involve looking for a similar or progressive role in your field, or it may involve a true transition into something new.
Why should I be thinking about career transition?
You have no choice but to think about career transition if you are out of work. While theres no shame in being in transition, you do want to avoid as much of a gap in your work experience as possible. If you are currently working, you should still be thinking of making your next career move. This may mean a promotion, a move to another firm or the eventuality that you may at some point be out of work. While it may not be your choice, youll be at an advantage because youve prepared yourself in a number of ways to make the transition less stressful and more productive.
Who should I connect with about career transition?
Network with people who can directly or indirectly influence your career. Family, friends, previous colleagues and classmates, association members and recruiters should all be made aware that youre looking for your next opportunity. Executive recruiters can be tremendously helpful in getting you connected to the right companies and hiring managers. They can also provide advice and guidance on how you should be managing your transition. For instance, I have created a to help executives get started on a number of relevant job search activities.
When should I be thinking about career transition?
You should always be thinking about career transition, even while youre working. Regularly schedule activities that will help you not only advance your career, but support you if and when you do find yourself in transition. Of course, you will be dedicating more of your time on career transition activities when you are out of work. In this case, you should be approaching your career transition as a full time job in itself. While you might not be getting paid directly for the work youre doing, the reward will be finding your next great opportunity.
Where do I find career transition resources?
Refer to my to help get you started in your job search. Youll learn how to develop your personal brand, how to network effectively, how to create a winning resume, how to perform well in an interview and more. Working with a coach or mentor can also be tremendously helpful. Theres no shortage of career transition resources available in books and online, so do some research to find ones that work for you.
How do I manage my career transition?
Career transition can be quite stressful at the best of times. However, you can reduce the stress and uncertainty by following a few simple steps. First, having the right attitude can make all the difference between being in a rut and moving toward your goal of finding a job. Creating a plan with SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-driven) will keep you motivated and on track. Finally, taking action will yield results. Spend your time researching relevant companies, learning new skills, earning credentials, working on your executive brand, networking, revising your resume, reviewing possible interview questions and anything else that will help you get closer to your goal of finding a job.
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