It was this time last year when the thoughts of working from home started to creep in and invade my mind. The thoughts of the biggest career change and career move I would ever make. I panicked, I was scared, but I was also very positive and excited. But would anyone want to work with me? Would anyone like my article ideas? Would it all be a mistake or would I prove to the world that jumping ship from a 12 year career with 6 years of education under my belt was a wise decision? Panicking about a career change is natural.
You’ve been comfortable in your job for a long time. You know the walls, the creaks in the floor, the best time to get a hot cuppa in the canteen. You know your job, you know what you’re doing, and who you’re working with. You’ve made friends, contacts, built a name for yourself. But none of those are reasons to stay in a job or career you’re not happy in.
Joining a new working environment is so much more intimidating than people realise. It’s easy to stick with a job you dream of moving on from simply because you’re afraid of joining a new job. But I get it. I don’t think there’s anything worse than having to walk into a new place of work, where everyone knows everyone, and to try and find your place there. Throw into the fact that, like me, you may be an introvert or suffer social anxiety and want the walls to swallow you up.
I’d love to try and smooth over some of those nerves for you. Considering I’ve been there quite recently and while I’m not walking into a new office every day, I’m making new contacts and putting myself out there more and more. More than I ever thought if I’m honest. Rather than panic, I want to show you why a career change can be something you can look forward to!
Make Sure You’re The One They Hire!
Before you even get to the interview, there’s a few things you need to make sure you’re doing to ensure you’re the one who is going to get hired. One way of doing this is to go on a recruitment blog filled with information on what employers should be looking for. If you’re going at it from the other angle and finding out what they need from a recruitment point of view, you might have more of an inside view as to what you need to have, experience wise and qualities, rather than just seeing what the company itself wants you to have.
There are so many different courses that you could do to boost your CV and your job prospects, you just have to have the motivation to do them outside of your normal work! LinkedIn is a fantastic platform that I use routinely for uncovering new work contacts and seeing how I measure up to the competition. Treat it like an online CV and honestly, you never know who may be looking at your profile. In fact LinkedIn courses are very worthwhile, so check them out too.
Be Ready For The Interview
The interview is the worst part for most of us. I hate interviews and even now with new clients I have to sell myself which is horrible I hate sounding like an egotistical maniac bigging herself up but hey thats what an interview is, isn’t it? Working with clients is the same as an interview. Less structured but the same principle. I want to work with them so I have to show them my experience, talents and what I will bring to their business.
When going for an interview, you need to figure out what the interview is going to involve, and how you can prepare for it. If it is a group interview, you need to make sure that you go in there with confidence, showing them that you work as part of a team. It’s important that you try and take a forward role so that you come acros as a big team player, but also make sure that you include other people showing them that you can support others in the team.
A panel interview can be intimidating with so many faces staring back at you, making notes and asking their individual questions. But treat them as one person representing the organisation. Talk directly to the person asking the question and remember they’re often quite nervous too. Interviewing is a tough business too.
You also need to do a bit of reading up about the company. The more knowledge you have and the more prereading you show you have done, the more appealing you’re going to look to your employers. Check out their website, any brochures or leaflets they’ve produced that you can get your hands on. If you can, have a look at their annual reports or strategic plan, and you are well on your way to showing them that you know who they are and what you can do for them. Be smart, confident, and knowledgeable, and you’ll do great!
Be Ready For Rejection
This is the bit that everyone struggles with. Rejection is so common when going for a job interview, but when you build up such high hopes of being able to get the job, it’s easy to doubt yourself for success in any other roles as well.
Interviewers often provide feedback as to your interview which can give you an insight into why you were not chosen for that particular role.
While dusting yourself off, finding a similar role that you find appealing, and trying again until you get something sounds like the best thing to do. It’s not easy though and can leave you knocked for six! But all you need is the right employer to say yes.
Every time you interview, is fantastic experience to hone your interview technique and skills. Have confidence, sell yourself and trust yourself!