Post # 1
I’ve come to a place in my current role that makes it clear that it’s not a long-term place for me. Darling Husband and I agree that it makes sense for me to change trajectories and look for work in a different field. I’m really excited about the career change and can see a lot of ways that my job history will equip me for work in this new field.
However, I keep getting cold feet about actually applying for jobs. I’m afraid that I won’t get called into interviews, I’ll get a lot of rejections, or I’ll be unable to do well in this new field.
Anyone have some tips to get past the self-doubt hump and actually start applying and networking in a new field?
Post # 3
Good luck! I suggest you make sure that you hit all of the requirements on a job ad, and hit a lot of the preferred as well in your resume and cover letter. Where I work, we read every single cover letter. I have received a lot of interviews because of this, even though it might be a bit of a stretch. You can do it!
Post # 4
I can do it! It’s really scary, and the job search process can get soal sucking, BUT, you will find someone and at a place that is the right fit for your skill set. Have you started working on a new resume? How you found some jobs to apply to? All you have to do now is take the first step.
Post # 5
applesandspice : I updated my resume and created a short list of currently open jobs in the field I’m hoping to move to. It’s just getting those cover letters and applications submitted that’s holding me up.
MRSsrm85 : Thanks for the tips!
Post # 6
i say apply to anything you think fits at least 75% (like you hit 75% of the requirements). they either call you or they don’t. you never know what will actually work out, but you don’t know if you don’t try!
Post # 7
This is probably pretty duh advice, but the only way I think you’ll get past the nervousness is to just “jump” so to speak. Once the phone calls start rolling in and you get interviews lined up, you’ll get in a groove.
Meggyo has great advice. Don’t ever limit yourself to meeting the exact requirements. I wanted to switch careers to be a Technical Writer for years, but I had no experience. I applied for a position, and my interview consisted of “I don’t know what that is, but I’m willing to learn!” I got to go in for an assessment and out of 50+ people, I passed! I’ve been there almost two years now, so you never know what can happen.
Post # 8
bretagne422 : That’s a really encouraging story! Thanks for sharing.
Post # 9
larissakay : I’m in the midst of a career path shift and the biggest advice I can give is to not take applications personally!! Most of them will feel like they’ve been thrown into a black hole — that’s actually quite normal!
It depends on how big of a shift you are trying to make, but for me there is practically 0% chance that I will get an interview through a cold application — it’s ALL about networking. I did 6 months of informational interviews and informal coffee chats with firms that were good matches for what I wanted to do but didn’t necessarily have open positions. I was applying to open roles at other companies during this time as well, but only here and there to *perfect* positions and did not get a single interview.
With companies that I have done informational interviews (especially companies where the II was with a higher up) I now have some reaching out to me when a suitable role opens or asking if they can send the recruiter my resume since open positions may be in the imminent pipeline (but not advertised yet).
At one information interview the woman I was meeting with was super upfront. She said “Look, I think you’d be a great fit at our firm. You don’t ave a target school/background that we usually hire from so while I can’t guarantee that you get an interview, I can guarantee that a recruiter actually reads your application.” This made me realize that I was being rejected by some firms because they literally never read my application (just scanned, saw I hadn’t attended a set of X schools, and bypassed to the next one). It will depend on the type of role and company you are applying for as to whether these types of hiring practices occur within the industry.
Now through networking I have a final round interview next week with one of the most competitive global consulting firms. There is NO WAY this firm would have given my application a second glance if I had just submitted an application through the online system but through networking my application was submitted via an internal referral allowing me to get my foot in the door.
So again, depending on how big of a shift you’re making (mine was like a 180), it’s all about the networking.
Prepare yourself for rejection (for us mortals..it’s inevitable) and don’t let the job hunting process dictate to you your competency, value, or potential successfulness within this new career path. If you are getting specific face-to-face feedback from somebody who has met with you and says “currently you’re not a good fit” — tak ethat to heart, but don’t take any rejection of an online application as an indicator of suitability!!
Post # 10
TravelingBride31 : Congrats on your upcoming final round interview. That’s so exciting!
My switch sounds a little less dramatic than yours — more like a pivot than a 180 — but I imagine the lack of work in this particular field will mean it is harder to get an interview. I told my husband that I just have to keep putting myself out there and learning as I go. Eventually, the right position will open up!