With many companies hiring for positions and the job market has changed overall due to the pandemic, entering into a new industry can seem difficult. Fortunately, it’s likely your existing skill-set can help you in more ways than you think.
Recognize Your Skills
Start with identifying your current skills. These skills can come from your current job, how you relate to others, hobbies, how you manage tasks, and any other learned skills. To help identify these maybe write down a list of things you’d say you’re skilled in and then categorize them by the following:
- Functional Traits: this includes skills such as problem-solving, basic bookkeeping, customer service, communication, and more. These skills are typically the most transferable and what most employers list on job descriptions.
- Personality Traits: This is how you are as a person, are you organized, a great listener, attentive, punctual, etc. These are great skills to showcase for many different positions and can help differentiate you from other applicants.
- Learned Knowledge: Maybe you took a course in Microsoft in high school, or you have a degree of some sort, learned knowledge is exactly what it says, knowledge that you’ve learned or studied.
Next Steps: Finding That Next Opportunity
Once you’ve identified your skills and have categorized them, you will have a better understanding of yourself and can match your skills up to what employers are looking for.
Start by looking at some job boards and reading job descriptions, see anything that matches yours? Try to find positions with as many matches as possible to increase your chances of being hired. Be sure to broaden your horizons and look at positions that are similar to your skill-set, some may use different descriptors and synonyms so look out for those too. You may be surprised at how many positions you qualify for based on your current skills.
If you don’t see jobs matching your current skills, view this as an opportunity to enhance what you know by getting more training or certifications. Moving into a new industry can seem difficult but it can also lead to exciting new opportunities that will provide financial stability and personal fulfillment. Identifying your skills and identifying the gaps is a great way to get started on a new career path.
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