We've all heard about the person who moved into a career completely different than their background and education. It's not easy, but can be done.
Dear Matt: I'm looking to start a new career in a new field. How do I show employers I could be fit for jobs in a new field, even though I may not have experience in that industry?
Matt: A carefully organized plan will be essential as you look for a new career.
"It's the classic career change Catch-22 - breaking into a new field without experience," said Kate Schaefers, Ph.D. , owner of Twin Cities-based Encore Life Planning (encorelifeplanning.com), a coaching and consulting business focusing on transitions in the second half of life. "Most employers want proven talent. Hiring managers look for candidates with successful track records that can hit the ground running. Experience usually trumps potential when it comes to hiring."
That being said, there certainly are some steps you can take to help reach your goal of shifting careers, including these, according to Schaefers:
"All of these steps can increase your exposure and strengthen your reputation as an engaged and motivated employee," said Schaefers.
- Matt Krumrie
Twin Cities freelance writer specializing in career advice