Do you go to sleep on a Sunday night, excited by the prospect of waking up on a Monday morning ready for a commute to a job you love? If not it might be time to find a new one.
Easier said than done, I hear you.
There are many out there, me included, that have fallen into a job that they wouldn’t have dreamt of doing when they were younger telling themselves that it was only temporary, maybe even a stop gap until something better came along only to find that years down the road they are still there.
Being in the same job for years suits some and that’s okay, maybe it fits in with their lifestyle, maybe it is all they have ever known, why jump out of the frying pan into the fire, but for some being in a job for years is nothing more than a hindrance, especially if its one that has no clear route to advance.
What happens if their employer suddenly decides that they could make reductions in staffing.
There are a number of problems that you’ll face when you have been in the same job for numerous years but then decide it’s time for a change.
1) You haven’t got the experience
2) Your expectations might be unrealistic
3) Your focus has been misdirected
4) Your CV needs some serious attention
and another one that career changers often overlook is;
5) You’ve been typecast
Is being typecast that much of a problem?
If you’re serious about changing careers, then obviously it is.
Take Adam Woodyatt or Nick Pickard, if you don’t know who these two are you’re probably not into your soaps, are lucky enough not to have a partner that is.
Adam has been playing Ian Beale in Eastenders since 1985 and Nick has been playing Tony Huthinson in Hollyoaks since 1995.
Unfortunately for both, the Bill, which seemed to be the go-to for soap that actors flocked to after they had been killed off or driven off in a taxi, stopped airing in 2010, so there’s now nowhere for them to go should they ever decide to leave. In any event, it is unlikely that the tv viewing public would be able to take them seriously in any other role, they are and always will be Ian Beale and Tony Hutchinson to many.
If like me, you’ve been in a job so long that all your skills and experience lean to that particular role, sorry to say we are seen as the Ian Beale or Tony Hutchinson of the jobs market and getting into a new industry is made more difficult.
Do you really want out of your current job or industry?
I think that this is a really important question you have to ask yourself before looking elsewhere.
We all get those Sunday blues, but is a new industry really going to change that? Is it that you feel undervalued, in which case maybe a conversation with your boss about a pay rise or about the possibility of taking on more responsibility might be the better alternative.
Maybe you just don’t like the way that your industry is going or feel that there are processes and decisions being made that you don’t agree with. This is going to happen in any job, and for you, self-employment might be the way only way forward.
So should you just play with the hand that you’re dealt?
Not in the slightest.
We’ve obtained skills that would benefit any employer the trouble is we are going to have to work that much harder to convince someone that we are worth taking a punt on.
There is a recruitment agency, here in the UK that is known for their adverts telling us that we should all love Mondays. Loving Mondays would be fantastic, and given the opportunity, many would love to enjoy Mondays, but in reality how many of us actually do?
Recruitment agencies do a fantastic job of finding you a job in an industry that you’re already established in if they didn’t employers surely wouldn’t use them.
The thing is, I don’t see recruitment agencies being for those that are looking to enter a new industry. We shouldn’t forget that recruiters are salespeople and trying to sell an unknown entity is an uphill struggle for even the best of salespeople, recruitment is a cut-throat, target driven industry where agents have their targets to hit or run the risk of being out on their ear.
So let’s not completely rely on them to find our career change role.
So how are we going to become a job hero?
1) Review our LinkedIn connections
No doubt those that consider themselves to be LinkedIn experts will frown, but I recently had a purge of my connections, why? firstly I didn’t know or had I ever met a majority of the people in my network and secondly, most were in the industry that I’m looking to move away from so wasn’t really engaging with them.
where’s the sense in having a professional profile if it doesn’t work for you.
2) Limit the amount of time you spend looking for jobs
Looking at jobs boards endlessly over the weekend and after work can be soul destroying, try and limit your time. In my recent post about how to supercharge your productivity, I mentioned that we should consider the Pomorodo technique when trying to become more productive.
Break down your search into blocks, I prefer 25 minutes and have a rest in between.
3) Learn to sell yourself
Blowing your own trumpet is alien, but if you want a new career you’re going to have to work at it.
Remember, you will be up against people that that are already established in that industry so you’re going to have to show why an employer should hire you over anyone else.
Make sure that your cover letter highlights your skills and capabilities and gives the employer a reason to shortlist you above any other candidate.
4) Ensure that we are being realistic
If you’re lucky enough you’ll get a job that meets your salary expectations, but remember you’re looking at working from the bottom up again, so you can’t expect that all employers are going to be tripping over themselves to offer you what the role would normally pay someone with experience.
When you get yourself a new role, you’ll be given the opportunity to prove yourself and discuss the possibility of a pay rise based on your performance.
5) Stop selling yourself short
While it’s true that you need to be realistic, you shouldn’t sell yourself short either. You are as good as anyone else that has applied for the job, it’s just that your skills and capabilities haven’t been used in that role. So don’t highlight the negatives and concentrate on the positives.
6) Be patient, it’s going to be a long road ahead!
It’s not going to happen overnight, maybe you’re going to have to retrain, maybe you’re going to have to network like you’ve never networked before. So many people give up just before reaching their goals, don’t be one of them.
By all means prove to others that you can do it, but most importantly prove it to yourself.
That can’t be it, can it?
Not at all
We have to plan like we haven’t planned before, maybe we’ll have to play the long game, but I hope that if we persevere we will get what we want and Sunday’s will never be the same again.
I’d love to hear your views on how we might all become job heroes, so leave a comment below.