Now that you’ve decided what you want to do and identified where the jobs are, how do you convince others that you are right for your new career? Don’t enter your new career with the impostor syndrome. In this video, learn to identify ways to explore your new career while remaining comfortably in your current career.
- Be the change you want to see. This quote has been attributed to Gandhi even though it's not exactly what he said and if he had said it, he would have been talking about social change not a career change. Regardless, the sentiment works and it very nicely makes my point. If you become the person you want others to see you as, they have no choice but to embrace you in your new role. The change is up to you but you have to become it. And it begins when you change your vocabulary.
You have to visualize yourself in your new life and changing your language will help you begin to make the transformation. I recently met with a friend who I hadn't seen in a while. We spent some times catching up and she told me about a consulting business she wanted to start. The funny thing about that is the last time we met she told me she had already started a consulting business, so by telling me what she wanted to do in the future instead of behaving as a consultant today, she abruptly ended my perception of her as a consultant which is the exact opposite result she wanted.
Maybe she saw the confused look on my face because she went on to explain that she keeps telling people about her old career and keeps forgetting to talk about her consulting business in the present tense, if she remember to talk about it at all. Unfortunately for my friend, she's an example of what not to do. If you haven't managed to convince yourself you're in this new career, there's no way you can ever hope to convince anyone else. Use phrases like I am instead of I'm thinking about. Don't say I'm considering a career in engineering, say I am an engineer.
You're not trying to transition to the tech industry, you have transitioned and are now seeking a job that will reflect your education and experience. Remove phrases that make you sound unsure and that give the impression you'll revert back at any moment if the going gets tough. If someone is considering referring the new you, they need to feel confident that you are committed to this new career. Practice what you're going to say. At no point in your career will an elevator pitch be more important. Create one, practice it and then use it every chance you get.
Go to a networking event you wouldn't normally attend and where you have the least probability of bumping into someone you may know. Then try out your new persona. Get comfortable using confident and self-affirming language. Introduce yourself with a new story and watch the new you emerge.
- Recognize what you can do to become ready to transition into a new career.
- Explain what you could do if you know what job you want but just aren’t sure you meet the qualifications to obtain it.
- Recall what it requires to get on the right path if you are sure you’re in the wrong career.
- Recognize how feedback can help you with your decision to change your career.
- Identify what internal networking at your current job has to do with making a career change and leaving that job.