3 Types Of Career Transitions You Can Make (And How To Navigate Each One!)
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3 Types Of Career Transitions You Can Make (And How To Navigate Each One!)

Hey, cultivator, welcome
back to my channel. Have you ever had a quarter
life or midlife crisis where
you just wanted to quit your job, pack all of your bags and move
to a completely new state or country, uh, move into a completely new industry
and have a completely new job title? Is it just me? No, I know it’s not just me because I’ve had
a lot of clients who have told me that they just wanted to completely
pivot or reinvent their career. Now if that sounds like you at all, you’re going to love this video today
because I’m going to break down the three types of career transitions you can
make and I’m also going to order them by difficulty or complexity. So
without further ado, let’s dive in. alright, so the three types of career transitions
you can make are really based on industry change, geographical
change or functional change. While it is possible for you to
make all three changes at once, it is typically speaking unadvisable. The more you add on in
terms of different changes, the more difficult your
job search becomes. So if your goal is to find a job
as quickly and easily as possible, I recommend only making one
switch at a time or at max two. All right, let’s talk about
the first type of transition, which is again the easiest and
that is an industry switch. I actually have a lot of clients
who are looking for industries, which is all the time meaning they fell
into something that no longer suits them. For instance, I have a lot of people who could start
from nonprofits and they realize, you know, I love the work that I’m
doing and the impact I’m making, but I want to work in an
industry that pays better. So for instance, I have a lot of clients who moved from
nonprofit and then they move into a technology company. So when
you’re making an industry switch, there is a slight pushback that perhaps
you don’t know the industry knowledge or the domain knowledge or you have worked
in a really slow paced environment, but you can’t keep up with
a fast paced environment. Those are a few examples of common
objections that might come up. However, you can absolutely tackle these if you
are able to really position yourself as somebody who has been able
to learn something new or
adapt to a new environment in the past. If you want to convince your employer
that none of these objections are valid, be sure to check out the behavioral
questions and answers video, which I’ll link up here so that you can
really follow the format and just give them peace of mind as these types of
questions do come up during the interview process. All right. The second
change that you can make, which is a little bit trickier
but not impossible by any means, is a geographical switch, meaning
you’re moving from one state to another. This is where if you’re really going to
have to beat out the local candidates, however, I want to emphasize that a
lot of companies are willing
to relocate and a lot of companies actually find candidates who
are out of state to begin with because they can’t find the right
candidates in state. So just know that geographical location
switch does not mean that it’s a barrier even if you’re entry level. However, it does require you to be a little
bit more savvy with your job search strategies because you can’t attend, say in person networking events or in
person professional organizations and job fairs. For those that are
making a geographical switch, it’s really important that you can convey
to your hiring manager or interviewer that this is a state and city that you
really are looking forward to. Moving to. One of the biggest red flags for employers
is that they have extended offers to people out of state before they
accepted the offer and they moved, they got onboarded, they trained, and
then they realized, I hate the city. I can’t stand being here
or I miss my family. So anytime you can really draw upon the
fact that you are excited about moving to the city, that you’ve been proactively finding
ways to get yourself to the city for some time, um, or that you have
roots to the city is really, really key in convincing your employer
that you know what you’re getting yourself into. And this isn’t like
a impulsive decision by any means, but something that you’re
really intentional about. And that can really set you apart from
other out-of-state candidates that you’re competing against as well as the
people who are already living there. When it comes to
geographical switches, again, you have to get really creative
with your online networking. the beautiful thing about social media
and the internet is that we are all connected now. So really there’s no excuse to not
be able to get a job out of state, but it does require you to be
more savvy and your messaging, making sure that you have a polished
online personal brand in place and you’re being very strategic about your outreach
and your partnerships. All right, so we just talked about the industry
switch and the geographical switch, which again are quite simple. The most complex and complicated of the
switches is what I call the functional switch, which means that you’re moving from one
department or title to another unrelated department or title. This is really where you’re drawing upon
your transferable skills and trying to market yourself into this completely new
role that doesn’t match anything from your past experiences.
So an example of this, let’s say you’re a finance manager
and you want to move into marketing. I’ve actually had a client who had
done that really successfully. So it, this is by no means impossible.
If you just look through LinkedIn, you’ll see people are making career
transitions or career reinventions all the time. So for those of you who are looking to
make a career reinvention or functional switch, my advice to you is two fold. One strategy is to just network and
build internal referrals and ambassadors because if people can vouch for you, they’re more likely to trust that you’re
able to get up to speed quickly and they’re able to see past a lot of them
core skillsets that you are possibly missing. The second strategy is to get your foot
into the door of your dream company. You can go in as the role that you would
immediately contribute to based on your previous experiences that
you are qualified for and
then really pay your dues, really give more value than you receive. And in that way you become
this indispensable employee
who can then make certain requests and really build out your
longterm game plan with the company. So for instance, if you are
in the finance department, you can start to network internally
with the marketing department. You can ask if there’s possibilities of
getting tuition reimbursement to learn more about marketing or help them with
specific marketing projects, right? There’s a lot of ways to
cross functionally train
and that’s the best way so that when an opportunity
does arise internally, you’re seen as an internal candidate
that can snatch that job instead of, again, being this outsider trying
to get marketing jobs with
people who don’t really know your work ethic or
work quality and product, let me know down in the comments below
what kind of transitions you’re trying to make. So again, it’s not
advisable to do all three at once, although it’s not impossible to do. So I just wanted to share that
the more layers you stack on, the more complex this job search becomes. So really map out your short term versus
your long-term goals and really know that if you want to make
any of these switches, the easiest way to do that is by having
internal ambassadors and referrals, especially if you’re
making a functional switch. So no matter where you
are in your job search, one of the best ways to get those dream
jobs is really by having those referrals in place. If you need help with getting strategic
about your job search so you’re not just spraying and praying and
crossing your fingers, definitely check out the
description links down below. I have a couple of ways
you can work with me. Uh, check out my free resource library. It’s filled with a lot of job search
goodies. And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to like, comment,
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when I release this video next week. And until then, I hope that you continue
to cultivate your life and your career.

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2 thoughts on “3 Types Of Career Transitions You Can Make (And How To Navigate Each One!)

  1. Thanks for watching! If you are making a career transition, which type are you making? Comment below! Or if you've made one before, I'd love to hear about it!

  2. Hey! I am looking to make a *semi-functional switch. I am a graphic designer who for the past 6 years has been mainly doing visual directives for major retail brands and print design. I would like to transition into more digital design and digital marketing (email blasts, web design and eventually UI/UX). I have the technical skills for this but not the experience or job title. Any recommendations on how to sell myself and market myself to hiring managers for digital design?

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