Make an assessment of your skills (your natural talents that perhaps you’ve honed through the years) and your competencies (combined skills for the purposes of accomplishing complex tasks.)
What do you say to people when networking for career change? The short answer is, put together an elevator pitch for your career change. Networking is a crucial aspect of navigating how to change careers. What you say and who you say it to are important aspects of a successful career change.
In Career Change Guide, Section 2, Chapter 7, I discuss this. The book explains what has worked well for others, and it has step by step recommended actions.
As the book says, it’s important to know yourself very well first. One piece that is often overlooked is how people process information. It’s really important to consider as you work through how to change careers.
Keep your resumes for changing careers simple. Focus on accomplishments and how you succeeded. The book and this website have the simple career change resume template I recommend.
First, start with who you know. Who do you know in your new chosen career field? Who do you already know who might be able to help you change careers successfully?
When you reach the interview phase with a company, prepare to ask the right questions to make sure the company and the team you’ll be on share your values. Interviewing for career change properly will help you get on the right path.
Read Career Change Guide to make your values based career change. Understand who you are, your values, and who you want to work with.
In addition to utilizing your core values in identifying people with whom you want to work, use them to decide who or what you want your work to benefit. Career Change Guide shows you how to identify your core values and use them to power your successful career change. Watch the Career Change Guide short career change videos to start, or get Career Change Guide and start reading.
Career Change Guide has career change resources, including examples of an elevator pitch for the purpose of your career change.
Preparing to answer potential questions about your resume while interviewing for career change will help you give a proper answer.