Most people have no idea how to make a career change. They use a resume that has virtually no chance of winning job interviews. They do their job search all wrong – wasting their time and stalling (or killing) their transition. And they don’t understand how to best sell themselves during job interviews to win exciting job offers
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Here are the 7 biggest mistakes people make when changing careers:
Mistake 1: Traditional Resumes Don’t Stand A Chance
When you’re making a career change, you must frame your experience in a way that PROVES you can successfully handle the new type of job you want… even though you’ve never done that type of job before. And be sure to use a resume format designed to quickly pique employers’ interest while hiding any shortcomings.
Mistake 2: Failing to Stand Out & Get Found on LinkedIn
More than 90% of all HR professionals and recruiters spend hours searching on LinkedIn for potential employees. If your LinkedIn profile gets found and piques their interest, HR professionals will call you about job openings they have right now (that you don’t even know about!).
Mistake 3: Hoping A Headhunter Will Help You
Many job seekers don’t understand the role of headhunters and Executive Recruiters. The bottom line is they put a round peg into a round hole. If you’re making a career transition, you’re not a round peg going into a round hole – and it’s extremely unlikely they will want to help you make a career transition.
Mistake 4: Responding to Online Job Openings the Wrong Way
You might think responding to online job postings is a waste of time. It’s not true. I’ve helped countless career changers to land amazing new jobs by responding to online job postings. The difference in results is that you can’t just submit your application and hope for the best – you have to go through the side door to get your resume to the top of the stack and win more interviews.
Mistake 5: Ignoring Unadvertised Job Openings
70% (or more) of all job openings are NEVER advertised anywhere. While your first response might be discouragement, the reality is it’s a golden opportunity because there’s often no real competition for unadvertised job openings. Many people who actively search for unadvertised job openings can win exciting job offers in 4 to 6 weeks. When you use this job search strategy, your job search will never hit a dead-end again.
Mistake 6: Believing Networking Works
You might be thinking the best way to find unadvertised job openings is networking. If you have a large, helpful network with great connections – go for it. For most job seekers, networking is a slow, uncomfortable, and unproductive way to find a new job they really want.
Mistake 7: What You Don’t Know About Interviewing Will Cripple Your Career Success
When you’re making a career change, you MUST strategically prepare for – and handle – every step of the interview process, from grabbing the interviewer’s attention at the beginning of the interview… to ‘following up’ after the interview so you build your credibility, stand out even more, and compel employers to want to hire you. And because no one is the ‘perfect’ candidate, you must discover and eliminate the interviewer’s concerns about you, so you win more job offers for more money.
To Your Success,
New York City, NY