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Tips to prepare yourself for a rewarding career change

  1. Know the good, the bad and the ugly. It is easy to glamorize a job you don’t have that you think you want. Do your research and learn all you can about your new field. Explore the current job market and research potential employers. Get information about the long-term career prospects and earning potential. Gain an understanding of pitfalls and the rewards and remain objective.
  1. Network. Find out what professional groups there are in your chosen field and attend meetings. Meet people who already work in the field you want and find a mentor. Start building relationships that will help you in your new career.
  1. Find out what qualifications and skills are in demand. Read current job postings and pay attention to the common skills and characteristics employers are seeking. Make note of the qualifications, certifications or experience that keep popping up so you can highlight these on your resume, in cover letters and in interviews.
  1. Get the training you need. Fill the gaps in your skills, education, or experience and get the training that will set you apart as a qualified professional. The money and time you invest now will pay off with more job opportunities and increased earning potential.
  1. Update and tailor your resume. Include current information and experience that is relevant. Highlight your accomplishments and successes, especially as they relate to your new career. Don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to your resume. As you respond to job postings, tailor your resume and cover letter to fit the individual company and position.
  1. Repackage yourself. You certainly don’t want to lie or over exaggerate your talents, but you may need to present yourself in a new light that better suited to your new career. Repurpose your existing skills and remember that many valuable some skills are applicable to any field.
  1. Know the numbers. Find out the typical pay for jobs in your new career. Research the average salary range and what it takes to get the top salary.
  1. Set goals and make a plan. Armed with information from your research, you can set realistic goals and make a plan to get your new career started.
  1. Get the right support. Transitioning to a new career is exciting, but it may not be easy. You will likely need training and it will take time to build experience in your new field. Surround yourself with the positive mentors, resources, friends and family who will support you along the way.
  1. Believe in yourself. It may sound cliché, but it is probably the best advice you can receive. Once you have made the decision to embark on a new career, your own belief in your ability to succeed will help you stay committed and overcome any obstacles.

If you get stuck along the way on your new career path, remember the Bookkeeping Career Institute offers career counseling and can help you stay on track. To speak with one of our advisors, send us an email today.

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