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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Secret To Changing Careers


Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career expert, writer, speaker and co-founder of SixFigureStart.  According to Caroline, to get a job in a certain function and/ or industry, you need experience doing that job or working in that industry. If you are considering a career change, you don’t have that experience.

So how can you ever change careers?As a former recruiter who has hired thousands of people, Caroline says that firsthand to employers’ preference for hiring people with the exact same experience. But as a career changer who has made extreme changes in both function and industry focus, Caroline also attest firsthand to career changes being possible. The secret to changing careers is to minimize the change in the eyes of your prospective employer.

The reason why employers want people who have done the job is because these experienced people can add value from day one on the job.If you are a career changer, demonstrate that you can add value from day one on the job by getting the above skills, contacts and expertise in your target new career. You need to translate the benefit of your past experience to the new employer, not for the employer to figure it out.
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