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Tips for a successful career change in 2020

If the New Year saw you resolve to step up the career ladder – or even consider something completely different, read on for some useful advice for anyone, no matter what your circumstance…

According to the latest YouGov data, over a fifth (22 per cent) of Brits said they were likely to be on the hunt for a new job in the next 12 months. However, the circumstances that can lead someone to seek out a new job can be varied, so it’s essential that those who are on the job hunt seek tailored advice to help them land the perfect job in 2020.

Experts at job search engine Adzuna have provided five tips to help those looking to make a job change in 2020…

1. For the mature job seeker

Possibly the single most important tip for older career changers is to ensure your skills are up to date. If you’ve been in the same job for a long period of time, you may have missed out on technological developments in other aspects of the job market that may make it difficult to find a new role. 

Fully research your desired position and the skills needed, and then take training courses to bolster your skillset. 

2. When you’ve been in long-term unemployment

The trouble for those who have been out of work for a long period of time can come with getting back into the routine. Look at volunteering while you are searching for a permanent position. This will show commitment and help you get back into the swing of things. If you’re looking to return to a field you previously worked in, refresher courses can help bring you up to speed with skills.

3. When you’re looking for a career u-turn

If you’re making a u-turn in your career, it’s essential to take stock of transferable skills and look at how these can be applied to your desired role. Most jobs require some level of crossover skills that you can emphasise in the application.

4. When you’re an introvert

Nearly half of Brits (47 per cent) describe themselves as introverted, and this can bring a few challenges when changing careers. Take some time to analyse your strengths and weaknesses. By knowing your traits inside out, interviews will feel easier as you will know areas you excel at and areas for improvement. 

5. When you’ve had a lot of jobs in a short period of time 

Being a so-called ‘job hopper’ can be looked upon negatively by some employers. Be sure to highlight your achievements in each position on your CV and/or application. Highlighting these successes shows that even though you have had a high volume of jobs, you have succeeded and made an impact in each one, and will likely succeed in your desired role.


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