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Breaking into a New Industry

There would be times that it may seem impossible to break into a new industry. You might suddenly realize that your current skill set doesn’t match the job description of your choice or you don’t have enough experience for that certain field.

Even if you have passion, but you do not have the right skill set or the appropriate knowledge, hiring you for that job might be a little bit of a challenge. Having a better grasp with the needed information and skill set required in the field you are applying for, is a good way to get started before you even think of entering a new industry.

Before you start applying for that field you have been thinking of for the past few weeks, here are some tips you should consider.

  • Skills

    Entering a new industry will be a waste of time, effort and even hard-earned cash if you don’t have the skills for the job you are applying for. Building the appropriate skills or strengthening the skills you already have will be a big plus for landing that job you always wanted in a different industry. Skills also help you make critical decisions, solve problems and develop respect in the workplace.

  • Volunteer

    This may sound boring for some, but it is a critical aspect in entering a new Industry. Volunteering is a good way to learn new things in the office you are working for now. The exposure to different tasks can help you learn new things that may be needed for the new industry. This is also a good opportunity for you to add in your resume.

  • Update Resume

    Updating your resume shows your new employer that you may have the right attitude and capability to be in the new Industry you are applying for. You should review the job description from the new field and consider redoing your resume by highlighting your skills that are in the job description.

  • Network

    Consider connecting to as many people possible that are in your desired new industry. With the millennial age and social media at the palm of your hands, it makes your life easier and makes it possible to connect to people in different industries. Having more connections in social media gives you more opportunities. It also gives you more of an edge as it gives most hiring managers and recruiters a clear idea of your skill sets and what you have.

  • Credentials

    While still possessing the skills you already have, recruiters and hiring managers might still look for skill sets that you don’t have. Invest a little bit of patience and effort to get more certifications or take advantage of online opportunities. This makes yourself more marketable. Having more skills gives you more opportunities in landing a job that you desire.

There might come a time that you would want some kind of diversity in the things that you do. You might want to transfer to a new industry and change your work. It is a challenge, of course, transferring and changing your way of work is expected to be a strenuous task. But if you keep an open mind, work hard and keep a positive view on things, it might create an opportunity for you to break into a new industry.

Every single job is a challenge. You are walking into a set, a new character, creating a world and trying to get comfortable to do your best work.”Felicia Day


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