It can be scary trying to get a job outside of your field. Finding a job at all can be a challenge in a competitive market, but branching out can be particularly difficult. Perhaps you are tired of doing the same thing each day and you want to try something new. In other cases, you might feel like you have moved up as far as you can in your own field, and you want to find a job with opportunities for promotion. Or, you hate your boss but you can’t find any jobs in your field that are outside of your company. Whatever your reasons are for wanting to try something new, it will be necessary for you to have the right skills and to market yourself appropriately in order to get the new job you want. Here are five ways to prepare for success.
If you have to leave your current job immediately, then you may not be able to start a volunteer position before looking for a new job. However, if you have the time, and you want to adequately prepare yourself for a new career in a field that you are not currently working in, then volunteering is a great way to start. A volunteer position related to the field you want can teach you valuable skills, and it also can help improve your resume. Volunteering will show that you are interested in your field, and may also give you some experience (even if it’s limited) that will help you get a different job.
According to Quintessential Careers, volunteering allows you to make a difference, but also advance your career. If you can get a volunteer position in a company you would want to work for, you may also hear about new jobs before outside candidates.