3 Key Steps To Reinvent Your Career

Published: April 23, 2010
By: Faye Hollands

If you’re bored with your job, fed up with the industry you work in or have recently been made redundant you might be feeling a bit deflated by your career.  The good news is that you can reinvent yourself and your job at any time to transition into a position that you’re motivated and inspired by.  Here’s how…

Career Makeover

I’ve reinvented my career several times now which has been incredibly rewarding as each transition has brought me closer to my lifestyle goals and has forged the level of motivation and energy I have for my career.  Unfortunately too many people are hesitant to even contemplate a career change because they perceive the risks associated as too high, they’re scared of making a mistake or they simply prefer to stay in their comfort zone doing what they’ve always done, regardless of how uninspired they might be by that.

Reinventing your career doesn’t need to be a scary prospect – in fact it should be quite the opposite – as the process is simply repackaging your skills, accomplishments and qualifications in a way that will help you move into a new job or company.  Some of the changes I’ve made have been significant, but a career change doesn’t have to be as drastic, and there are nearly always smaller steps you can take to make your ‘reinvention’ more comfortable.

If you’re curious about reinventing your career here are the first three steps you should take on the path to creating a career you love:-

Step 1:  Find Your Passion

This is your golden opportunity to think about what you would love to do rather than focusing on an industry you ‘fell into’ after school or a job which your friends or family think you should do.  If you want to reinvent your career make sure the industry or job you focus on is one that you’re passionate about!  Don’t worry if you don’t know how to make the transition – the important point here is that you give yourself the opportunity to identify what you want to do.

Step 2:  Know Your Transferrable Skills

These are the skills you have that can be utilised from job to job, or industry to industry such as generating sales, project management, writing marketing material and so on.  It’s important to remember that transferrable skills are NOT traits such as “gets on well with people” or “highly motivated” – traits are the style in which you conduct your transferrable skills.  Block out some time in your diary now and commit to writing a thorough list of all your transferrable skills, starting from those you gained in your first ever job.  This exercise takes time but it’s critical to the success of your career reinvention.

Step 3:  Get Matchmaking

Once you know what your transferable skills are starting looking at job descriptions on the internet, and in classified ads, trade magazines and newspapers to see whether your skills match the requirements listed for the jobs you’re interested in.  If there’s a gap between what you know and what employers are asking for look for ways to increase your knowledge base such as  work experience opportunities, contract or temporary positions and volunteering.  Also attend networking events, industry seminars and conferences and join relevant industry associations to boost you knowledge and professional contact base.  By increasing your network you will be able to learn from people who are already working in your chosen industry and you are also more likely to find out about career opportunities that are not listed in the public domain.

Having a career you love won’t just ‘happen’, you have to willing to invest the time and energy involved in creating it, but if you’re committed to finding a job you’re excited and inspired by then the good news is that your ideal job is out there – you just need to take action to find it.

Would you like to find out more about how coaching can help you reinvent your career?  Book your free 30-minute coaching consultation now.  Simply click here to schedule your appointment.

Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting.  Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.  You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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