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3 Tips Before You Dive into a New Career

While 13 percent of employees are quite passionate about their career, the remaining 63 percent are not, as per Gallup. If you eagerly wait for the weekend at the start of your workday, you fall in the latter category. In this article at Chicago Tribune, Danielle Braff shares 3 tips that you must consider before diving into a new career.

Trying Out a New Career

As the market is always abuzz with new technologies and methodologies, you must continuously evolve to stay relevant. Keep the following tips in mind before shifting to a new career.

Applicability:

Apart from excelling in your field, you also need to know how to apply your skills in other fields. Rachael Silvers launched her photography website in 2001. That helped her gain visibility, enough to cover 350 weddings across the world. While scaling up her sales value, Silvers also added videography to her portfolio. After the internet boom, she started writing blogs, joined Twitter, and shared her thoughts in wedding and photography forums on the net. During the recession, her business began to struggle. She used her skillsets to get a job as a social media, marketing, and public relations coordinator, and then a marketing manager.

Seeking Advice:

Diana Gruverman, director at New York University, observes people do not know how to use their skill sets in other careers. Keep an eye on other industries and check how your skills are applicable there. Before starting a new career, talk to people who have a long-standing experience in the industry. There are websites like onetcodeconnector.org that highlights the skills an occupation requires. Learn the ifs and buts along with the wows of the jobs you are interested in.

Networking and Uploading Resumes:

After finalizing the industry, join related forums and social media platforms to establish a rapport with the experienced professionals. Prepare yourself for the interview. Update your resume on popular job portals. Enroll in courses if you think a degree will strengthen your resume more than information gathering from industry experts. Amanda Zayde did a three-year coursework, a year-long internship, and a post-doctoral degree to become a clinical psychologist. She was into advertising for national art publications before.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-09/features/ct-conted-0501-quarter-career-20140509_1_social-media-new-career-career-development

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