Starting a new career can be daunting at any age, especially if you’re hoping to move into a profession that’s quite different from anything you’ve done in the past.

And while it’s true that more people are considering career changes than ever before, the reality is that not everyone will be successful. So what’s the biggest reason people fail to make a successful transition into a new career?

More often than not it’s because the job seeker wasn’t properly prepared.

Looking for a new job after years of working in the same industry isn’t easy, and many employers no longer feel that they should be responsible for developing an employee’s skill set and instead expect new hires to be able to hit the ground running.

The traits hiring managers value in potential employees:

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    Developing skills
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    Education programs
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    Being 'work ready'
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    Transferable skills
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    Resume structure
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    Job interview preparation

This means career changers generally have to invest their own time and money in education and training programs that will get them ‘work ready’.

Additionally, when switching careers, more emphasis must be placed on transferable skills than on work experience, which means taking a different approach with everything from the way you structure your resume to how you explain yourself during interviews.

In the next few sections, Australia-based career coach, trainer and expert resume writer Martin Darke shares some advice on everything from the importance of doing your research to resume tips and job interview guidance tailored to your needs as a career changer.



Martin Darke is Australia-based career coach, trainer and expert resume writer.

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