The current events have encouraged people to evaluate their careers, even causing some to rethink the entire industry they’re in. Maybe you’ve outgrown the work you’ve been in, and want to branch out. Or maybe you’ve discovered a passion you didn’t realize you had. Regardless, switching careers right now is a lot more common than you think. However, it can be difficult to describe the reason for a career change in an interview. Here are some tips.
Figure Out Your Reason
Before you can dive into a new industry, first you want to determine why you decided to pursue a change? What was the reason you wanted to try something new? Was it passion? Interest? Challenge? Knowing this will benefit you in your ability to explain your new path choice come interview time.
Address the Career Change
When you’re asked why you decided to make a career change, express what you enjoyed about your last job/industry, yet why you’re excited to work in this new industry. Maybe you loved your role at your past position/ in sales and the people you were able to meet, but you are interested in working in hospitality and developing different relationships in a new way.
Next, encourage the hiring manager/company that this is something you are committed to giving a try. Any company taking on a new employee that is new in the industry is taking a risk – so reassure them that you’re interested in this new step in your life and to see how it unfolds. Maybe share that you’re looking for more work/life balance or trying to pursue a field you are more passionate about. Genuine answers go a long way. Demonstrate that you want to make the change work and that you are excited about this opportunity.
Target Your Skills
Another way to demonstrate your fitness for a position in a new industry is by pointing out the overlap in skills between your old career and your new career. For example, if you’ve been in charge of a team, whether it be in a restaurant or retail, that can still be considered management experience. When making a career change it’s important to assess your experience in a more general sense. Try and focus on what skills are transferable and useful in any type of job.
Identify the Necessary Skills
Aside from the skills you currently possess that can benefit you in your new position, you also want to take time to evaluate the skills you will need. You may need to get a certification, license, or take a training class. So be sure to do your homework and be prepared to take on this next step.
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