Imagine picking up and reading someone’s resume in which line after line all you’re reading is what the person does at their job day after day.
For instance, a sales person’s resume may read, ‘Made cold calls to create new business’.
Would you be impressed or bored?
In a recent article, 'Focus on Positioning, Not Perfection', I talked about how you should craft your resume in a way that speaks to an employer as you are the solution to their problem(s).
Crafting your resume this way is called ‘Positioning’. You need to position yourself as that resource that possesses the skill set that can solve the employer’s problem(s).
Positioning will help you differentiate yourself from the other hundreds, yes hundreds, of other people applying to the same position you are.
So how do you go about properly positioning yourself?
Focus on Positioning, not Perfection
So you’ve figured out your next career, but can’t quite seem to be able to write your new resume.
You haven’t written your resume in years…where do you start???
Do you write only 1 page or is it 2 pages maximum these days? Do you put your education near the top or bottom of the resume?
How do you handle explaining gaps in employment? What font/formatting are you suppose to use?
Congratulations! You realize you are meant for a career that is more rewarding, whether that be financially, personally gratifying or provides better work/life balance. Life is too short to work a career that you are not happy with so you should transition to a career that feels rewarding.
For so many of us we realize that we no longer want to stay in our current career path and know we want something different. However, fast forward 6 to 12 months later and we’re still researching on how to change our careers by reading articles, books and listening to friends about what we should do with our career.
Let me be the first to admit I’ve done the same thing, but let me also be the first to tell you…stop it!
In a prior post, Fear is Crushing Your Career, I talked about how your fears are keeping you from the career success you have always wanted. So now I want to help you defeat those fears.
I too let fear keep me from my career aspirations. I was worried about:
I’ve talked before about how you sabotage your career transition by making mistakes that many others make as well. You’re making your career transition harder than it has to be, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Let’s walkthrough these steps together how your career transition can be easier.
You realize you need a change and that your current career is not going to get you where you want to be whether that is satisfaction, doing meaningful work or financially rewarding. You have had these thoughts & feelings for days, weeks, months if not for over a year now. However, you have yet to successfully transition to your new rewarding career.
Why haven’t you made the change yet?
It's another end of the work week and once again your inner monologue kicks in saying, 'I do not get any satisfaction out of this job!', 'What am I supposed to be doing with my career?' or 'I need a finically rewarding career!' These thoughts along with feelings of no future where you are, can't find your passion, unqualified for anything else, looking for direction, no idea where to start a career search, etc. continue to consumer your inner thoughts.
Ever think about running a marathon, but end up not doing so because the intimidation of the 26.2 miles beats you? Ever want to get ‘fit’ and go to the gym more often to lose weight and feel better, but life just gets in the way? These are just 2 examples of goals we set for ourselves, but manage to fall short.
Ever feel like it is time to move onto a new career, but for some reason six months later you’re still at the same job? You know you should figure out your next career, but never seem to make the time to sit down and have that self-reflection time you need.
You know you should network with other people to help you in finding your next career, however you never seem to find the time to meet people in person or introduce yourself through an email on LinkedIn. So, you know you need to take the necessary steps to find your way to a new career so what is stopping you? FEAR!
Fear is stopping you from digging deep into your mind and really having the conversation with yourself to figure out what you should do next. Fear is stopping you from reaching out to someone you don’t know and asking for help or advice because you’re afraid of rejection. If you want the career you have always dreamed of you must first determine what you’re afraid of and then proceed killing those fears to be successful!
So what are the fears keeping you at the job you know you no longer want?
All of the fears mentioned above are real and I have experienced these fears myself over the course of managing my career. However, ask yourself the following: ‘What is the worst thing that could happen if I decide to move on from my current career?’ Yes, perhaps there could be negative short-term impact such as having to take on a lower salary to gain entrance into a whole new field or you do not cut it in your new career and go back to your old career in 2 years. However, more than likely the answer you come up with is not something you could not ever recover from in the long-term.
With that said I have had clients who have overcome each, if not several of these fears, and successfully moved onto a new career. One of my clients was able to effectively convey his skills to transition from law enforcement to managing operations for a start-up company. Another one of my clients was able to find her confidence to leave a company she was with for 10 years to move onto a company who compensated her appropriately for her skill set. Finally, a client of mine was able to navigate her way through the career search process in only 4 weeks to land her a career in a field she went to school for and was interested in pursuing for some time now.
Fear is real and holds us back from doing so many things we wish we would do, but later in life look back on with regret. Life maybe ‘short’ as many say, but what isn’t short is the amount of time you spend at work every week, year and possibly for many decades. So do you really want to work somewhere you’re unsatisfied or do you want to work somewhere that you feel fulfillment? More importantly do you want to look back on your life with regret when you’re 70 years old wondering what could have been?
Of course you do not want to feel regret! So figure out what your fears are, address them and then go get that career you have always wanted!