Changing careers can be quite a tricky task. Often we stack up loads of experience in one area of expertise, over a few years. Giving a lot of time over to get better at a specific job. But what do we do if after investing a lot of time in one avenue, we realise that we are not happy with our current career? Staying put can take its toll on our health, causing stress, anxiety and depression. The feeling that we’ve wasted years of our lives can have very real effects on us.

There is hope. Many career advisors are excellent at helping people in this very situation, after all, being unhappy in a workplace is not an uncommon thing at all.

Scoping Out Your Options

So you’ve decided enough is enough, and you want out! The first thing to do is to consider what you want to do. You might be lucky and have an obvious idea of the job you want, and if it’s an attainable dream, the path towards your goal may be reasonably straightforward.

If you don’t know what you want to do, fear not. Think about the things that you want to get out of a job if you want a busy job that keeps you on your toes. If you thrive on competition. If a company’s values or the way that they do business are important to you. If you want to help other people, write these things down. Get a picture of the type of job you can imagine yourself doing by checking all of the options.

There may be career paths that you’ve never considered before, or that didn’t exist before you started in your current role. The job market is continually evolving, and there has never been a better time to explore new options.

When you’ve got a rough idea of the sort of things that you might consider, it’s time to see what’s out there. Take a look through the listings on a few recruitment sites to get some ideas. As you go, save the links to any jobs you want to apply for and make a note of the closing date and how to apply. Once you’ve finished searching, go to your list and start by applying for roles that are closing soon.

 Applying For The Job

You are selling yourself. When you apply for a job, you are up against likely dozens, if not hundreds of other applicants. You need to stand out. Your application needs to be clear, professional, and not rushed. Don’t undersell yourself, but also do not lie.

Some jobs will have application via their own forms; others will use CVs. It’s essential to understand what exactly it is they are looking to see in each of these options.

Read through the job description if there is one. Look for the specific skills they are seeking and identify when in your career or education you’ve demonstrated that skill.

Write your responses to any application questions with these specifics in mind. If you’re applying using a CV and a cover letter, make sure you are using great examples of these things in there. You need to talk about why you are applying there too, make sure you’ve done your research and show them that you understand their business.

Interview Process

There are several methods of interview, and the process chosen will often depend on the type of role or company. Try to find out as much about the interview process as possible before you attend. This will allow you to get a headstart and plan what you are going to say.

Using websites like Glassdoor, it is possible to find out the types of questions that a particular company might ask during their interviews. That can allow you to come up with your responses before going in.

Using the STAR method for responding to interview questions is recommended as it keeps you on track and gives the interviewer all of the information they need. STAR stands for situation, task, action and result. For every question, you need to outline a scenario you’ve experienced then talk about what you did, how you did it, and what you achieved. Keep your answers to the point, but also, don’t sell yourself short.

During your interview, ask questions that show an interest in the company. Everyone wants to know about salary and perks, but these are not the questions interviewers want to hear you ask. Showing that you want a better understanding of the role is an excellent way of displaying your enthusiasm.