5 Tips for Your Career Reinvention Checklist

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Whether you are looking for a new job or just wanting a change in career, it’s important to think carefully about the most effective way to reinvent yourself. If you have spent a long time in one role, looking for a new role or make a career change can seem like a daunting prospect, so it’s useful to focus on the most important parts of the process. Maximise your future employment prospects, and work through this helpful career reinvention checklist.

State of mind

It’s time to put aside any doubts or concerns you have about your suitability for a role. Recruiters want to see candidates who are confident, with plenty of self-esteem and enthusiasm about the job they are applying for. Stop thinking about what you can’t do or the experience you don’t have, and focus on the value you can bring into a workplace. A positive state of mind will bring you positive results, so get your head in the right place.

Defined career plan

What are you looking for? Do you want something with less responsibility and more stability, or do you need something exciting? Without a plan, you won’t get anywhere. Set short and long term career goals, so that you know exactly what you are working for. It may time to do some soul searching, so you may also want to consider talking to a career counsellor.

New image

When it comes to personal appearance, good grooming and some sensible choices in business attire can make a huge difference. Ask friends and family to give you an honest view of how you look. Is it time for a new hair cut? Do you need some new business suits? You don’t need to go overboard, but you do need to create the right impression with a potential employer.

Good résumé

Your résumé is probably the most important tool in your job search kit, so it needs to give the right impression. Refresh the content, focusing on the most relevant and current experience, promote your achievements. Make sure the document is concise, and use strong, action-driven language that shows what you can do. If it’s some time since you prepared a résumé and job application letter, consider using a professional résumé writing service to help you.

Interview strategy

It’s time to get your interview strategy sorted. Preparation is key and you need to do your homework. Understand the role you are applying for and research the organisation so you can demonstrate that you understand their business. Make sure you are ready for the difficult questions too. Consider undertaking some interview coaching, as this can be incredibly helpful if you have not had to attend a job interview for some time.

So before you start applying for roles take some time to plan your job search strategy and consider where you may need to put in some extra effort. Reinventing yourself and starting on a new career path can be challenging but also exciting.

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