Ever get the feeling your career is going nowhere? We’re not talking about the usual Monday morning malaise, but rather the sinking suspicion you’re caught in a dead-end job with no room for advancement. If the answer is “yes,” it might be time for a new direction, and while the proverbial changing of horses in midstream can be scary, it’s not impossible. That’s the takeaway from “6 Tips for Moving On From a Dead-End Job,” a helpful piece recently published on Business Insider.
The career advice here comes compliments of Christy Palfy, a recruiting manager at Progressive Insurance. Scroll down to partake of her wisdom, and next time you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach, think about forging a new path.
1. Think About Your Passions — According to Palfy ,the first step in considering a career change is thinking about what you like to do. “Don’t rule out opportunities to meld your passions as well as your skills at work,” writes Business Insider reporter Miriam Salpeter. “If you’re passionate about environmental issues, you may be able to find a great job working for a company that shares your values.”
2. Think Outside the Box — You may think your skills are only applicable to one type of career, but that’s not the case. Your talents are almost certainly transferable — the only trick is articulating that on your resume and communicating it in job interviews.
3. Get Yourself Out There — Once you resolve to change careers, spring into action. Tell friends and family about your plans, and use social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ to connect with people who might be able to help you. “All of these tools offer the opportunity for you to learn more about a new field or industry and a chance to expand your network and meet people who may be able to help you accomplish your career goals,” Salpeter writes.
4. Read Your Personal Pitch — When people ask, “So, what do you want to do?” don’t stare blankly. In the old days, people would ready two- to three-minute “elevator pitches,” but the times have changed, and according to Palfy, the key these days is to have a 20- or 30-word explanation of where you want to go.
5. Consider Changes at Your Current Company — Just because you’re unhappy in your current role, it doesn’t mean you can’t find something better suited to you at the same firm. “If you work for a company with various types of roles, you might be able to start a new career simply by changing departments,” Palfy says.
6. Remain Patient — Even in today’s go-go-go world, nothing happens overnight. If you’re serious about landing your dream job, remember that you might not find it straight away.