In this fifth catechism in his Career Changer’s Checklist series, Warren Wyrostek asks you to actuate what you apperceive how to do (and how you and others apperceive what you apperceive how to do) as you move against alteration careers. He analyzes the top 10 questions that will advice you ascertain what you apperceive and again presents you with the top 5 strategies for leveraging your knowledge, experiences, and abilities into a new advancing career.
Over the advance of the aftermost bristles accessories in this Career Changer’s Checklist series, you accept looked at your career by allurement several analytic questions. You accept gotten through the money issues; and you apperceive what you appetite to do, what you like to do, and what you can do. That is a lot to consider.
You now accept to appear to grips with what you apperceive how to do. You accept to appraise the adventures you accept had that abutment your plan. In short, what do you actually know? (Talk about a ample catechism that is advanced open!).
Do you accept any accordant adventures or adeptness to lay a foundation for what you appetite to do in your new career or do you accept to assignment on it?
This is the age old Catch-22: You allegation abilities and adventures to get a job, but how do you get the job if you don’t accept the skills, knowledge, and experience?
I accept struggled with this catechism aback I got out of academy in the mid-1970s. And you apperceive what? It is not any easier years later.
It is all able-bodied and acceptable to appetite to do commodity or like to do something, but it abiding helps if you apperceive what you are doing—or what you’re accepting into. We apprehend that others accept adeptness of their trade, and others apprehend us to be able in our trade/career.
As discussed in antecedent articles, this alternation is presented to an IT audience, but its absorbed is accordant to those advertent alteration careers in added sectors such as healthcare, finance, business, education, and so on.
The questions covered will assay a advanced ambit of issues that blanket the abstraction of what you know. As I ask the analytic questions, almanac your thoughts, ideas, and animosity in your Chat doc.
Don’t authority back.
In this article, I present the top 10 questions that will advice you ascertain what you apperceive how to do. Again I will present you with the top bristles strategies for leveraging your knowledge, experiences, and abilities into a new advancing career.
You accept some annual about what your new career should be from the antecedent articles. Will it be the aforementioned afterwards this alternation of questions? Afterwards you appear to grips with what you know? Maybe, maybe not!
Knowledge and one’s adventures are actual important aback because a new career. But you will be afraid how they can be affected to present you with a actually altered appearance of the possibilities in advanced of you.
Two bodies with the aforementioned accomplishment sets, experiences, knowledge-base, can be in polar-opposite careers. Why? Perception!!!! How do you and others apperceive your skills, knowledge, and experiences?
Two bodies accept able hand-eye coordination. That is a accomplishment set. One is a computer troubleshooter; the added is a cardiac surgeon. Both are mechanics. One operates on computers; the added operates on animal beings.
So what do you apperceive and how do you apperceive what you know? Put on your glasses—you accept some questions to consider!!
When I ask you what do you know, I brainstorm a cardinal of thoughts appear to mind. The aboriginal adeptness be, “This is a joke.” But according to media reports, that’s the catechism the backward adjudicator of Meet the Press, Tim Russert, consistently asked his reporters aback he batten to them on the phone.
What do you know? That is an important catechism aback you are a anchorman and aback you are a career-changer.
Tell me what you know. And address bottomward what you know, which is aloof as important. Not aggregate you apperceive will be accordant to your career search, but you adeptness be afraid to see how commodity you appearance as bush is aureate to a approaching employer.
It is all able-bodied and acceptable to appetite to do commodity and to like to do something, but administering today appetite accurate affidavit that you apperceive how to do something.
What do you know? Actuality are 10 actual important questions to ask to advice you assay what you apperceive and how to present what you know.
This is the best axiological catechism you accept to acknowledgment aback you are adorable to change careers. What is your history?
If you accept anytime abounding out an annoying appliance or developed a resume, the capital allotment of the action is annual what you accept done. What abounding balloon is that you accept done abundant added than comes to mind.
Before you ample out addition application, or alter your resume for the hundredth time, sit bottomward and address bottomward what you accept done.
Don’t aloof anticipate about what “official” jobs you accept had, but attending at what you accept done throughout your life. Anticipate about what you accept done in college, in church, in athletics, in your amusing networking, in your ancestors life, in the military, in your hobbies. What accept you done?
Have you administered a Windows network? If so, you apperceive commodity about how to administrate a network.
Have you done accessible speaking, singing, or speaking at church? Well, you apperceive how to acquaint with ample groups of people.
Have you acclimated Microsoft PowerPoint to achieve a presentation? You can affirmation that you apperceive commodity about the Microsoft Office suite.
Have you formed with Habit for Humanity? You apperceive about alive as a team, alive in construction, alive collaboratively, alive against a goal…the annual goes on.
Sit bottomward and annual all that you accept done. It will booty a while.
List the adventures that can be acclimated to certificate what you know. Do you like to allocution with people? Address it down. What has been your acquaintance talking with people?
Make like you are autograph your ideal job description for a pay raise.
Many years ago, I had to do this as a administrator for the assurance analysis of a medical college. I was in allegation of a new division, and we did not accept job descriptions. I had to not alone address my own job description but additionally my employees’ job descriptions so that I could absolve pay increases for all of us. It was a long, time consuming, acute exercise that I hated at the time but abstruse so abundant from.
I had to ask myself and my advisers what we alone had done for the academy and what we had done as a team. I had to attending at all of our experiences.
Then I had to present anniversary of us on cardboard so that the administering would be able to go WOW! The one affair I abstruse from this action is to attending at alike the aboriginal detail.
At the end I could say that I not alone knew the abstruse aspects of assurance but additionally the animal adeptness issues associated with developing a above division.
The protocols that I implemented 30 years ago are still in abode today. The alone aberration is that again I had four bodies to accord with all of the issues; now there are 13. And they are paid a lot more!
What accept you done and what adventures accept you had that certificate what you know? Address them down. Booty your time. You will discount some things.
Make like you are acknowledgment your job to an employer. Details! Details! Details!
Now that you apperceive what you accept done, you accept to accost what your abilities are:
These are archetypal annual questions that abounding association don’t anytime consider. Aback you are adorable at a position as a programmer, for example, you accept to analyze what programming abilities you have. As a arrangement engineer, you accept to analyze the abilities that advice you to angle out.
Consider what your top three or bristles abilities are that achieve you the ideal applicant for the career you are adorable at.
As a trainer, my top bristles abilities are the following:
What are the top bristles abilities you should accept for your new career?
What are the abilities you don’t appetite to allotment with others? This is amid you and you. Be honest. There are abilities that I accept that accept annihilation to do with my ideal job. I allegation to appear to grips with them, but not necessarily allotment them with anyone but myself.
This is a key catechism that abounding do not consider. The chat talents throws a lot of association into a tailspin, abnormally IT folks.
To digest Henri Nouwen, anticipate of talents as attributes and aptitudes that advice to ascertain “who you are.”
What attributes or talents ascertain you in your new role, or for that amount as a alive able or as a animal being? Now that is abundant stuff.
You adeptness additionally attending at your talents as aspects that ascertain you as a actuality or that ascertain who you are. For example, some of my talents that are accordant to a career change accommodate these:
Why is defining talents important? If you are adorable for a new career, and you are adorable at a accustomed area to apperceive what you know, you accept to apperceive your talents (who you are) as able-bodied as what you do.
If your talents do not fit into a new career, attending elsewhere. There is no sin in not applicable in with a accumulation of association in a accustomed field.
For example, I apperceive that I would abort miserably if I pushed myself into politics. My talents anticipate me from accomplishing able-bodied in this field. My talents are an aspect of what I apperceive and my experiences. My talents ascertain who I am. They ascertain who you are!
When one has a adeptness for something, you adeptness say that s/he has a absolute adeptness or aptitude for it.
Some association adulation interpersonal relationships and that makes them acceptable salespeople, annual executives, business leaders, and so on.
Some association abhorrence to assignment with bodies but adulation to assignment in solitude. Research-oriented association would accept this talent.
What are your talents? Address them down!
Gifts are a able added brawl game. Every one of us has adeptness that we accompany to every job, relationship, and bearings that we encounter.
You allegation to apperceive what your adeptness are aback you are analytical what you know.
In IT, some accept a absolute allowance for troubleshooting. Others in programming accept the allowance of actuality able to see the analytic progressions that are accepted to complete a task.
Others accept the allowance of sealing a accord and authoritative a business grow. Others can administer projects with ease. Others are abundant followers, while others accept the allowance for leadership. Others accept the allowance of actuality a abundant teacher.
What are your gifts? One of my adeptness is the adeptness to address in a way that makes readers feel actual comfortable. Addition allowance is that I can calmly collaborate with medical professionals and feel adequate with them while at the aforementioned time accumulation account from them. This opens up a host of doors as I try to win their business.
Write bottomward your gifts. They will advice you to accept what you apperceive as you chase for your new career.
This catechism is one that consistently makes me uncomfortable. I feel like I am patting myself on the back, which doesn’t feel actual professional. But it is an important catechism aback you go to present yourself for your new career.
What accept you accomplished? What accept been the highs and alike the lows? You don’t necessarily appetite to allotment the lows, but actually if they are cogent to the position, you appetite to allotment the highs.
Don’t aloof anticipate of career accomplishments; additionally accommodate educational accomplishments and amusing accomplishments. They are absolute bullets aback presenting what you know.
Were you in an account association in school?
Have you had annihilation published?
What is the name and appulse of your thesis/dissertation?
Have you been accounting up in a favorable way in the media?
Have you been accustomed by a able organization?
Did you achieve commodity no one abroad has been able to accomplish?
Have you been the admiral or in a administration role in a not-for-profit environment?
Have you done hundreds of hours of advance assignment and been accustomed for it?
Have you formed with the aged in nursing homes, assisted-care facilities, or adjust centers and been accustomed for it?
What accept you been accustomed for?
Write them all down. And don’t be shy. Afterwards you get them all on paper, analyze the ones that will abutment your adventure for the new position.
This is a key catechism aback you are aggravating to acknowledgment some of the antecedent questions. Aback you are adorable at your skills, adeptness and talents, abounding of them are a absolute aftereffect not of job-related experiences, but of adventures in groups, organizations, or societies.
I cannot acquaint you how abundant e-mail I accept from career changers and IT association who accept been associates of the aggressive and yet feel at a disadvantage aback alteration careers. Actuality a affiliate of the aggressive is a accumulation or alignment that has becoming the account of endless administering whether you accept formed on a accustomed activity blazon or platform. Administering apperceive how adamantine the aggressive association accept to assignment and are assured that aback faced with a assignment or project, they will do it successfully.
Don’t adumbrate your memberships. I accept a associate who is an ex-Navy Seal. He does not accept all of the certifications that I do, but I would not alternate to accept him assignment on any activity that I would tackle. Why am I so assured of his talents? He was a Seal. Period.
Have you been an Eagle Scout, a YMCA Counselor, or a Red Cross Advance alive on one of the latest accustomed disasters? Accept you formed as a affect in your abbey or as a affiliate of the Boys and Girls Club of America?
If you are not a affiliate of a lot of groups, that is okay, too. The way to antidote this is to get on LinkedIN.com. As a affiliate of it you can affix with abounding professionals who can advice to aggrandize your career options.
You can analysis out the hundreds of groups that are represented by the association in LinkedIN and artlessly accompany those groups to interconnect with agreeing professionals. You never apperceive aback one of them will accept your aing best career option.
Write bottomward which groups, organizations, and societies you accept been a affiliate of. Don’t leave any out. You may be afraid what that will do for you.
Just as accomplishments are a bit boxy to handle for some aback adorable at what they apperceive how to do, you allegation to be acquainted of all of the honors, certifications, awards, degrees, diplomas, and so on that you accept to your credit. Anniversary of them, including the classes you accept taken, advice to authenticate what you know.
Don’t be shy. Aback addition asks me about my educational background, I artlessly say I accept two master’s degrees and accept becoming aing to 50 IT certifications. If they appetite to apperceive more, I can detail that for them, but I adopt to aloof leave it at that.
List all your awards. Were you abecedary of the year? Did you alum with honors? Did you alum summa cum laude or as a affiliate of an account society?
What continuing apprenticeship classes accept you taken that will advice to let the hiring administrator apperceive what you know?
Not every award, degree, certification, or chic taken will advice you acreage your new career. But address them down. And be the editor. You adeptness be afraid how one account could accessible up a door.
When I absolved into an annual to advise in Florida 20 years ago, the interviewer, who is a abundant guy, greeted me at the aperture and alien me to anybody as the magna cum laude abecedary from NY. What got his absorption was aback I accelerating with the BA I had accustomed that honor. WOW! Three little words got me a job that lasted eight years.
So annual your honors, certifications, awards, and degrees—and again annual which ones authenticate what you apperceive for your new career.
So far we accept been adorable at what you apperceive and what you apperceive how to do by allurement “you” a cardinal of analytic questions. But now the absolute catechism comes up—who knows what you know?
Who accept you formed with or socialized with who actually knows what you know? And can they be acclimated as a advertence or will they accord you a recommendation?
Folks, you and I do not alive in a bubble. We adeptness appetite to, or anticipate we do. But annihilation is added from the truth. You allegation to accept association who can validate your claims to what you know. You do this with references and recommendations—whether it is for access into a amount affairs or to get a job.
Who are your references? Who can address a advocacy for you? Annual them and again ask them to address a reference/recommendation for you. This can be a pencil and cardboard document, or it can be a reference/recommendation that is placed on a business networking armpit such as LinkedIN. I accept been added than afraid in the aftermost few months how abounding clients/employers are blockage my references on LinkedIN.
Gather anywhere from 3–6 references/recommendations from employers/co-workers who apperceive what you know. Minimally, accumulate a binder on your computer with these in them for approaching reference.
This catechism is apparently the one that best association blend up. Afterwards you apperceive what you apperceive and you accept answered all these questions, how do you present it in a way that is adorable on a resume?
That is the actor dollar question. Not anybody is adorable for the aforementioned abilities and knowledge. There is the affair of putting too abundant or too little advice bottomward on a resume. Either way is disastrous. Why? Because HR association and recruiters will aish you after cause.
You accept to present your skills, knowledge, experience, awards, and talents in a way that catches the eye and has the appropriate keywords.
I accept accounting hundreds of resumes, but I am no expert. In the aftermost few months, I was application several resumes that were not accepting any hits. I had a acquaintance attending over one the added day, and he gave me six recommendations for edits. I got 19 hits and 4 buzz interviews aural 6 hours of announcement this resume. No joke!
Have addition abroad who is algid and has a beginning set of eyes attending at your presentation. After passion, again booty their effective criticism. You adeptness not be seeing what others are seeing and if you appetite to get your dream job, you adeptness accept to change your business strategy.
Perception is everything. How you apperceive yourself—your skills, knowledge, and experience—is one thing. How others apperceive you, your skills, knowledge, and acquaintance is commodity else. You accept to booty a algid adamantine attending at what you apperceive your administration is, your goals are, and your dream job is. You again accept to booty a attending at what others adeptness be seeing.
One of the nurses’ aides who helped booty affliction of my mom was actually activating and the best caring actuality on the planet. She had reasonable expectations for her career based on her own perceptions. Aback she asked me, I told her about a actually altered direction, which bent her off-guard.
What I perceived she knew and what she perceived were different. I had abundant college expectations for her than she did. She had to go aback and reevaluate the administration she was going. It fabricated a big aberration accepting in blow with addition else’s perception.
Write bottomward what you apperceive your administration is and again ask others in your ancestors and network. Address their perceptions down. You may be surprised.
Now that we accept looked at these 10 questions, actuality are 5 strategies for leveraging your knowledge, experiences, and skills.
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