Changing a career might not be as easy as it sounds sometimes, there are a lot of things that are involved in it. So many people do not change their career for the fear of the unknown. There are so many platforms you can use to enhance your skills with, platforms like Linkedin, Udemy, and even youtube.
The following steps will help you to utilize these platforms to help you gather the skills, resources, and connections to make a meaningful career move within months.
Leverage On Your Current Job And Skills
You need to understand that your present job will be a huge determinant of the next job you will get. Employers like to see how you can use your experience over time to add value to their firm, therefore, you need to build your skills in your present job to a very high extent. Access your best skills along with your passions. Perhaps you’ve been drafting press releases or doing ad-hoc social media work for your current company. Maybe you’ve done a little graphics work as needed outside of your otherwise administrative roles. Assess your interests and relative experience in order to determine your desired career direction.
Activate Your Connections
You need to connect with different people on different platforms to create a connection that will help your career change. Linkedin is a very good platform for that, Facebook is also good if you use it the right way. Connect with friends and friends of friends, you will be surprised who will be able to provide you with the information you need.
Increase Your Knowledge And Skills
Start taking as many courses as possible, you do not know the sub-niche of your industry that opportunities can come from. Resources like Udemy, Coursera, and Alison offer hundreds of free classes–you can learn anything from project management to web design.
Even if you’re not looking to change your career (why are you reading this?) you should take advantage of these free classes. Heck, we all should learn about probabilistic graphical models because, why not?
Send Some Cold Emails
This is my personal favorite thing to do, so approach with wary pessimism if you must. Once you have a clear idea of the position you want and type of company you’d like to work for, considering reaching out to the employees there. A personalized, well-researched cold email can be the perfect way to garner a new relationship.
You don’t have to come in too hot, revealing that you went 80 weeks deep into a CEO’s Instagram, but you can express a knowledgeable, thoughtful sentence or two. In addition, lay out your interest in the company and inquire as to whether they will be hiring for *your role* in the near future. If you see a gap in the team roster, you might even suggest the need for *your role* and why.
Consider sending out a few cold emails to your dream companies that might hold your dream future job. You can even reach out to employees at your dream company using LinkedIn. At best, you will manifest a miraculous job opening in your field. At worst, you will receive no reply.