What can I do to make a significant step up in my career this year?
This is a question which many job seekers ask themselves when they want to take a step of re-inventing their career.
It is the new year and to many people, it is a year of new resolutions and re-examining what did not work in 2021 career-wise.
Re-inventing your career in the new year requires you to set goals, pursue multiple options, identify your unique value proposition and special skills that will make you succeed in your career.
Adopting new year’s resolutions will strengthen the foundation of career success hence you should be flexible and resilient to cope up with unexpected during the process.
There are multiple paths to career advancement and a common new year resolution that many job seekers resonate on how to do that.
Here are 9 steps to take:
1. Identify What You Want to Do
Before you make any step, know what you want to do and where you are going. Think of your interest and identify transferable skills.
Research more about what you want to do and visit online sites to figure out what you want based on your interests.
2. Be Clear with Your Priorities
If you want to make a significant step be its different role, industry promotion then you should first set the priorities.
The success of your strategy and actions will depend on your career priorities therefore you should take time to be clear about what you want to achieve.
3. Commit To It
It is one thing to think about re-inventing your career and it is another to take an action. Many people fear change and they prefer to stay in a comfort zone despite the complaints they make every day. It is important to write down what you want to do and commit yourself to do it.
4. Identify The Gaps
After determining what you want to do and where you want to go, get to understand what it will take for you to get there. Identify the skills that are essential for you to achieve your goals.
If you are lacking some skills, you may consider signing up for a short course for you to gain specific skills. Connect with people in your desired field and know your strengths and weaknesses. Ask them what it takes for one to get into the industry and the essential skills required.
5. Fill Those Gaps
If your current skills and experience are not strong enough to land you to dream job, then look for a bridge job.
Diversify your skillset by learning as it will empower you and set you apart. Look for programs that will equip you with the skills and knowledge required for you to make those career moves.
Create time and volunteer to handle various responsibilities that will not only help you gain experience but also boost your confidence that you can do the work.
6. Update Your CV
Research more about the industry you want to venture into and familiarize yourself with keywords in the industry. Incorporate those keywords in your CV.
If you have gained relevant skills that will set you apart then ensure you include them in your CV. Brush through your social media accounts and make them look professional.
You are the average of the 5 people you spend time with hence you should connect with people who will take your career to the next level. The power of the people you associate with is incredible since they determine how you think, act and how far you will get in your career path.
Networking is key to job seekers looking to change their careers. Spread the word to your family, friends, former colleagues that you are looking for opportunities in a new industry and if they can refer you to employers they know. Contact professionals in your similar field and explain to them what you are looking for.
8. Be Realistic And Patient
If you want to change your career, you should have patience. Career success may not be achieved overnight.
Be realistic, make a plan and visualize the outcome. Think of the stepping stones that you will come across for you to get there. Remember that a seed is planted today and fruits will not be reaped the same day.
9. Expect setbacks
Setbacks are likely to be experienced in the journey of career re-invention despite your hard work and dedication.
When things go wrong, it is not time to give up, you should work on it and be optimistic. Keep track of your success and use the failures to make a new beginning.
You may not know what 2022 has in store for you but you have what it takes to succeed if only you are willing to move out of your comfort zone. Be motivated and make this year your year by stepping back and working towards re-inventing your career.
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Perminus Wainaina is a Certified HR Consultant, Career Coach, and Managing Partner of Corporate Staffing Services, a leading recruitment firm in Kenya. As a career coach, Perminus works with experienced professionals in helping them determine and achieve what they want in their career Click here for more on career coaching.N.B: 1.Dont Miss Out On Your Next Job. Let's Have Your CV. Upload Your CV Here. NB: 2. Advance & Grow In Your Career?. Check Out Best short Courses For You.