If you’re thinking about a career change, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Change is scary, but it can also be exciting and rewarding. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider making a transition:

  1. The process isn’t always straightforward, so be patient with yourself and others as things progress.
  2. It may take more time than you expect for things to come together. In some cases, it’s best not to rush the process; other times, moving forward quickly can be helpful.
  3. Take time to think about the new skills and knowledge you’ve learned at your current job and how they can transfer to the position you are applying for.

Job searching can be time-consuming.

If you’re changing careers, you should know that job searching can be time-consuming. So first, have a plan and determine which direction you want to go; then, start applying for jobs in that field. When applying for jobs, keep your resume up-to-date with the most recent information about yourself and your skillset until you find a position that fits well with who you are as an individual.

Interviewing is challenging.

After you’ve had a few interviews, you’ll probably start to notice some patterns. Interviewing is challenging, but there are ways to get better at it. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Prepare for the interview by researching the company and its employees.
  2. Practice answering tricky questions in mock interviews or with friends who will give honest feedback about your performance.
  3. List out your skills (especially those highlighting your work ethic) and know what is transferable to the new position. Give examples of how you’ve used them and how they align with the company’s needs in the position (they should match!).
  4. Dress appropriately for both yourself and the position.
  5. Be confident! You put in hours of hard work preparing for this opportunity.

Employers will be looking for examples of your work ethic or these seven skills: Positivity, reliability, professionalism, initiative, respect, gratitude, and integrity. Think about how you have demonstrated these skills throughout your current job so you can be ready to show how you will use them in your next role.

Not every interview will be successful.

Not every interview will be successful. You may not get the job you want, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get anything else. Interviews are a two-way process – personality, workplace culture fit, and how well you connect with others will be involved in hiring decisions. In addition, it takes time for someone to get to know you.

Keep it positive. This is a new opportunity, not a last resort.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the job. Instead, be honest with yourself and take notes of what you can do differently next time. You can use this information to improve your chances of getting a new position.

If you are interviewing for a position that requires experience that you do not have, consider taking courses or classes to help fill in any gaps in knowledge or skill sets.

Approach the process with enthusiasm and an openness to learning new skills rather than expecting everything to go perfectly. You will inevitably experience some setbacks along the way, but if you keep your eye on what you want and focus on all potential positives.

The Center for Work Ethic Development has identified the seven most essential workplace skills that help people reach their highest potential in their careers. These foundational skills include attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, acceptance, appreciation, and accountability. To learn more about The Center for Work Ethic Development’s seven essential workplace skills and how to implement our curriculum in your workplace, visit workethic.org. I am so sorry, the printer had grabbed an old file, and I didn’t catch that before sending them over. This is an easy fix on Tuesday, and the letterhead will be the same for both versions.