Your Career Change Journey
Whether you want to change careers, find a new focus for your retirement, or search for a new position, you are embarking on a career journey.
Every career journey follows a certain path.
The length of time in each phase may vary, but walking through the phases in a particular order...
- Gives you clarity
- Points you to the right action at the right time, which saves you time, energy, and frustration
- Allows you to build momentum consistently over time
- Makes you shine in every conversation you have--with networking contacts, recruiters, and hiring managers
STEP 1: Take a quick moment to familiarize yourself with the career journey in the diagram to the right. See if you get an intuitive sense of where you are on the map.
STEP 2: Scroll down to review a brief overview of the three key phases of your journey.
Uncover and define the focus of your next career move.
Whether you are exploring a new career, upleveling the career you have, identifying the target position for your job search, or figuring out how to use your time now that you have retired, we can guide you in creating clear, concise, and compelling clarity about your goal.
With a clear understanding of your target, you'll have more success in your career transition or your job search.
- You'll turn the corner from confusion to clarity and get into action!
- Your contacts will understand what you are looking for...and be able to point you toward the best referrals, resources, and opportunities.
- Hiring managers will be drawn to your confidence, clarity, and commitment.
- You will stand out from your peers who don't have the clarity you do.
We specialize in helping people using their existing passions, interests, and skills to identify the focus of their next career. Learn more about how to work with one of our Purpose Clarity Coaches here.
Take strategic steps to prepare yourself for your new role.
After you identify a clear focus for your new career move, your next step is to prepare for that position to ensure you are seen as a viable candidate.
- Researching your new field to understand how it's structured and what's important to those in the field
- Developing a network in your new field
- Learning from people who know about your new field to get information about local, current, and insider trends
- Engaging in your industry strategically to build your resume
- Gaining relevant knowledge through school, self-learning, mentoring
- Building relevant experience that fills in gaps in your resume and connects the dots between your past work experience and your target work
This phase is more involved when you are making a transition to a new field because you may be starting from scratch to build your new network and gaining the knowledge and experiences you need to add to your resume and LinkedIn Profile. Use your career focus to be strategic in preparing yourself for your new career and new role.
Set up Your Search Foundation
Use the most effective strategies to create a strong foundation for your job search.
When you are ready to start your search, be sure to handle both phases of your job search.
- Verify the position you are targeting is a good fit for you and your life.
- Create your communications package - your resume, your LinkedIn profile, your business card and your networking introduction.
- Develop a picture of the kinds of organizations you want to work in.
Activate Your Search
When your foundation is in place:
- Reach out to your contacts to learn more about your target companies and discover openings.
- Choose the most effective job search strategies for your industry and your search. (Hint: Relying solely on online job boards is NOT your best strategy. Leverage your network connections to learn about opportunities BEFORE they are listed on job boards.)
- Learn how to respond most effectively to inquiries and opportunities.
- Prepare yourself for interviews.
- Negotiate your job offer.