Identify your overall priorities, your specific career priorities, as well as the practical considerations – such as ideal pay, work environment and manageable commute. Decide what your non-negotiables are and what you can compromise on.
Look back at your career history and ask yourself what you liked and disliked about each position. This may reveal that there are elements of your previous roles that you’ve particularly enjoyed and could look at continuing in a different way.
Taking a wider view of working options can often reveal more than you thought might be possible. Asking what others around you are doing, checking on old colleagues on LinkedIn or simply collecting ideas from friends on careers they think may fit you can all help.
Do askills audit. What have you been trained in, what skills have you learnt and built on along the way and in what area of your career has the magic happened, e.g. where have your unique skills and what you love doing crossed over?
Career fairs, trade shows, networking. Go to as many as possible to increase the knowledge of what your options are, as well as building up a network of relevant contacts.
Identify the skills that you don’t have that separate you from those who are already working in the roles you are interested in. Close them by acquiring the relevant knowledge, experience and qualifications you need.
Once you have your direction nailed, communicate it via your LinkedIn connections and profile and make sure your CV is up to date, particularly highlighting your transferable skills relevant to your new direction. You can also often tweak your past experiences to be relevant to your new career path.
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