Making a career change can be scary, since the real issue is that you have to compete with other candidates that may have the ‘perfect background’.
How will you win? Well, you must have some relevant experience, though it does not need to be the ‘cookie-cutter’ fit, but how you will win is by building chemistry during your interview process. Chemistry will beat out the more qualified candidate almost every time.
Of course, that means you must get into the interview process before you can ‘build that chemistry’, and that’s where someone helping you understand what experience may be relevant and of interest to the hiring individuals comes in. You need to refocus your resume and your background. It’s never to misrepresent, but to properly present your abilities, achievements and your desires for the new role.
Are these tough challenges? Yes! But they are not insurmountable with the right Career Coach and mentor helping you increase your odds of success.
But, be CAREFUL to evaluate anyone that you consider as a career coach and mentor.
Here’s a few things that you should consider when selecting a Career Coach:
– How well do they REALLY understand the hiring process?
– How is their experience RELEVANT, and will their experience help me leverage my own experience right now, during my Job Search?
– How are their Advice and INSIGHTS different from others that I might consider?
– Are they an EXPERT on Resumes? And what makes them an Expert?
– Are they an EXPERT on Interviewing? And what makes them an Expert?
– Are they an EXPERT on Negotiating Salary? And what makes them an Expert?
– Are they an EXPERT on Offer Letters? And what makes them an Expert?
– Will they have the INSIGHTS and understand how to help you?
Anyone these days seems to be able to claim to be an expert, but you need to be asking the follow up questions and be sure that they have Valuable Advice, and not simply that they are ‘nice to talk to’…
As an industry manager, executive recruiter, recruiting and sales trainer, event speaker, and as VP of a nationwide system of recruitment offices, I have seen most every aspect of the hiring process from both the internal and external view as the decision-maker, the decision-influencer, and as the objective observer. This varied insight is what provides the clarity you will find in my book, my blog, in my (free) self-help Job Hunting videos on my YouTube channel and podcast page, and in my Career Coaching & Mentoring services that I offer.
Just be sure to select a coaching partner that will be truly valuable to you.
All the best-
Author, Career Coach & Speaker
on Job Search and Career Management
Copyright © John Crant
As seen and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, on FINS.com, on CareerBuilder’s CBsalary.com, on The Ladders, in The New York Post, The Huffington Post, in Essence magazine, in CRAIN’S New York Business, on Forbes.com, in amNY, and on CNN, BBC, FOX News, Arise TV – John shares the answers and the concrete steps for success in Job Search.
John is a Featured Speaker at The New York Public Library’s JOB SEARCH CENTRAL, as well as at the YMCA in New York City, and is a Social Media expert for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
He speaks at Corporate Events, works with Workforce Development organizations, and teaches both students and alumni with this Self-Recruiter® Series for Colleges and Universities.
Changing the Rules: How to Be Your Own Recruiter &
Ride the Economic Crisis to Your Next Career Challenge.
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