How to Break into a New Job Industry

Many people are looking for a new career that provides more job satisfaction.

One way of ensuring success is by breaking into your desired industry gradually; starting small and working up from there.

Here are 5 steps you can do NOW!

  1. Begin by doing research and find openings that may work for your skillset and interest. Companies in the new industry may post their openings on social media or website pages, so you can find them with ease. Next, jot down the skills, certifications and experiences that are included as prerequisites. Research others who hold the position you plan to apply for. Do patterns emerge? Create a list of the common skills and keywords you discover.
  2. What are your transferable skills? The skills you’ve developed in your past roles are highly transferable. Many people who have had long careers in one industry can still apply their experience to another without having learned any new technical knowledge.  Your current or past experience has given you a tremendous opportunity – it is not too late! There are many roles that require soft-skills such as communication skills, organizational abilities and relationship building. With these attributes on your resume; employers can’t help but take notice.
  3. Who do you know? Do you know someone in the same field? Search for connections that might be able to make an introduction on your behalf. Maybe they know someone who may know someone else, Perhaps your contact can introduce you at some event where people are likely to share similar interests. This is not about being shy; this is about getting what we want!
  4. Volunteering is a great way to meet new like-minded individuals. Showcase your passion by volunteering and meeting people. Volunteer groups often have meetings where members can share ideas as well. It’s important to volunteer in a way that’s tailored to your area of interest. This will allow you to acquire additional skills, learn about a new company or industry, expand your networks and potentially open up pathways to your new career.
  5. Customize your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile to your desired role or industry. When you’re trying to break into a new role or industry, your current resume or LinkedIn profile are likely in need of updating so they can properly support the move you’re trying to make. Your resume and profile need to be far more compelling when changing careers to get you in front of potential employers.

Breaking into a new field or career can seem intimidating at first but it doesn’t have to be that difficult if done correctly by using research, by assessing your transferable skills, connecting with others in the industry and also keeping on top of any relevant news about potential employers (like their company values).  

Lastly, do not give up! Perseverance pays off.

I am Bernie Reifkind CEO of Premier Search Inc.