Career Change – 5 Reasons to Do it

You may have been thinking about a career change for a while but the idea scares you so much that you don’t even want to accept it, not to mention talking it over with your significant other or raising the subject in front of your friends. You are successful or have had some degree of success and every time the thought comes to your mind, you try to dissipate it thinking “no I can’t do that. It wouldn’t be a smart move”. You move to something else but eventually the thought comes back.

Career Change - a good thing

Think of the freedom a career change can offer you!

If you have really been thinking about a career change there are some questions that you may be asking yourself.  Why? How will I do it? Where do I start? Who would hire me? How am I going to make a living if this was supposed to be just a hobby? How do I update my resume?

The choices we make in life are determined by our likes and dislikes as well as by the circumstances that we face at the time. We may have wonderful opportunities; however, circumstances determine the actions we take towards those opportunities.  You may have come to realize that, today, you would have chosen a different career path and you want to take that new path.

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Career Change – Yes You Can!

There are 5 main reasons why you should overcome your fears and go ahead with that career change if that is what you really want.

  1. Your circumstances have changed. When you chose your present career, you may have been pressured to get a job, pay the bills, raise the kids, pay a loan, pay your mortgage, move to another city and so forth; but now the kids have grown, bills are getting paid, the house can be sold and this is the time to do be true to yourself and pursue that art project, altruistic pursuit, new business or whatever it is that you have in mind.
  2. If you succeeded in a field where you were not 100% committed can you imagine what you could do if you were 100% committed? You love this new venture, your heart is into it, you have the drive and the passion. No one can stop you.
  3. Experience, Experience. When you change careers, you are bringing to the table a set of skills that will work in your favor and will work to your benefit. No matter how different your background is from what you are moving into, the experience and skills are transferable and will help you. You didn’t have those skills and experience when you started. My recommendation: sit down write down all the skills and experience you’ve acquire in your present career /position and see how those skills and experiences can be useful in your next career path. You will be surprised at what you find! This is probably the best piece of advice I can give you
  4. You may ask yourself: Who is going to hire me? Am I going to look like a failure? On the contrary, present your career change as what it is, another achievement, another success in your life. If you are going to an interview, be honest with the interviewer and explain how passionate you are about this new career and why you are doing it, and how you are pursuing a dream. This enthusiasm is contagious and people can feel how genuine you are. Don’t be afraid to let the interviewer know that you have been thinking about it for a long time, and have finally decided to go ahead with it.
  5. Don’t be afraid to go back to school. Don’t fall into the “I am too old” trap. No! Go back to school, prepare yourself and get all the credentials you need to achieve your goal. This will make your career change a lot smoother, it will give you more credibility, it will give you more confidence, and believe me people can feel it.

Remember you owe it to yourself to be happy

 

 

 

Top 10: What Not To Put In Your Resume

Top 10: What Not To Put In Your Resume

You may know what you should include in your Resume, however, have you ever wondered what not to put in your Resume?

Often times we want a job so badly that we feel the person who is reading the resume needs to know everything about us. We want them to know how wonderful we are and why they should hire us. What better way to let them know who we are than to tell them everything about us. So we sit down and write a long resume explaining every little detail about our life, our work history, our personal life and our personal affiliations. Well this can make the difference between getting the job or not getting the job.

We have compiled a simple top 10 list of what not to put in your resume:
Rule #1:
Do not include your gender. First of all, the person doing the hiring should not be hiring based on gender. Additionally, that individual would likely choose you depending on your qualifications, not your gender. In addition, if you include your gender, the person reading your resume might feel that if they choose you as a potential candidate, they could be categorized as prejudice. If you are a guy, they can be blamed for choosing a man over another woman applicant. If you happened to be a woman, they can be blamed for playing favoritism and trying to meet a woman/man ratio. Either way, you lose.
Rule #2:
Do not include your nationality or where you were born. It really doesn’t matter. If you were born somewhere else and now you are a national of another country, 95% of the time, it is not relevant unless the position you are applying for requires some type of security clearance and in that case you will have to go through further screening.
Rule # 3:
Do not include your birthday. It is not relevant for the position and can discourage people from hiring you because they may consider you too young or too old and that really depends on the age of the person that is reading the resume.
Rule # 4:
Do not include your religious orientation. This is not necessary and people may have bias towards some religions or towards religious people in general. If you have volunteered for your church or religious organization, try not to include this information unless it is absolutely relevant for the position you are applying for.
Rule #5:
Do not include your political orientation. Same concept as that of Rule #4.
Rule #6:
Do not include any personal information such as your marital status, number of children or anything else pertaining to your family. It is your private life and shouldn’t matter. As a matter of fact, they shouldn’t ask you any questions regarding your family. If you are required to travel often, there could be an opportunity for the interviewer to ask you if you have young children and if you would be able to travel. Do not include that information in the resume and if it comes up during the interview, make sure to have an appropriate answer ready.
Rule #7:
Do not include a picture. Again, they are supposed to call you for an interview depending on your qualifications not your looks.
Rule # 8:
Do not hand-in your resume in flashy coloured paper, red, yellow, purple and so forth. These colours may be appropriate if you are an artist and you are trying to convey a specific message; otherwise, stay away from any colours. White, beige or light very light brown are your choices.
Rule #9:
If you are moving from another city, try to find a local number to write in your resume. Get a local cell phone or get a local phone number. Just looking at a long distance number may discourage the person who is reading your resume to call you for an interview. When applying for senior positions, having a long distance number and specifying that you are willing to relocate may be ok but in general you are better off if you are local.
Rule # 10:
Do not write complicated, hard to read sentences. Make it simple, easy to understand, keeping to the point and using few words. Bullet points are a great idea. You are not writing a novel because nobody would read it. Short and simple will bring more calls for interviews than a long boring resume. If you have any more questions regarding your Resume or what not to put in your resume, please contact us and we will be delighted to assist you further with your Resume.

Carolina Barreneche
www.whiterockofficeservices.com

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