Are you pondering a career change? Approximately 51% of U.S. adult workers are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, according to a March, 2022 Bankrate jobseeker survey. Call it the Great Resignation or the Great Reshuffle; American adults are in career-change mode.
The first step toward a major career change is self-exploration. This can lead to enlivening new information about what you can offer employers and what your preferences are as an employee.
Many companies will train new employees who have transferrable capabilities and knowledge that have been developed through work, community, and volunteer experiences, even if they don’t have all of the required technical skills.
Become familiar with your transferrable skills that relate to many different job opportunities. These can be tied to experience in customer service, problem-solving, collaboration, and dependability.
Identifying your true work interests is another strategic step that can lead to surprising new self-knowledge. Once you identify your particular interest “type,” you can match it to job fields and positions you may not have considered yet.
When you’re ready to begin perusing job options in Maine, there are excellent online resources, such as MaineJobLink, the Maine Association of Non-Profits Job Board, and FlexJobs (to check out remote positions).
If you want some guidance along the way, consider signing up for New Ventures Maine’s tuition-free class, My Next Career Move, which offers a host of self-exploration tools as well as a soup-to-nuts menu of helpful job exploration tools, tips, and strategies. The course is currently running as a self-paced class over the summer. Participants are also connected to a Workforce Specialist for support along the way.
When you’re ready to update your resume and prepare yourself for a strong interview, New Ventures Maine can also help with these key tools as you explore a career or job change. Tuition-free workshops and statewide one-on-one consultation sessions are helpful touchstones as you make your career leap to a new job that truly fits you!