By Emma Grace Brown

 Just like household duties, a good cleaning could be in order if you need a career boost. Maybe you’ve worked at a job for years and need a fresh start. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at a certain career and now feels like the time to go for it. Or, maybe you’re not exactly sure what you want to do, but you know that something has to change. If you’re looking to switch careers this year, these tips from Job Advisor will help put you on the right path. 

 

Create a personal website  

 

One of the first things you should do if you’re undergoing a career change is to develop a standout personal website. It needs to be attractive and contain all the most important content for prospective employers, such as your portfolio and resume. Start by choosing the right web hosting plan. There is a dizzying array of web hosting companies and plans, and the one that works best for you will depend largely on your specific needs. Zero in on an affordable plan that includes a free domain name, is fast and reliable, has solid customer support, and that has the essential features you need to help showcase your skills. Also, keep in mind that if you’re not comfortable with building your own site, you can always find someone through online job boards who can tackle this task for you — and give you a great website at the end of the day. 

 

Shape up your online presence 

 

Once you’ve created an eye-catching website, your work online isn’t done. You also have to think about your presence on other websites. These days, most employers research a prospective employee’s online reputation by screening their social media accounts. If you’ve ever posted any questionable content, you will want to remove it from any site where it’s posted.  

You don’t want a prospective employer seeing pictures of you partying in college, nor do you want them reading any passionate political posts or negative comments about a past employer. Along with cleaning up your online presence, you can build it up by creating and bolstering your LinkedIn page and becoming active in online forums associated with your industry.  

 

Update your resume 

 

Another important step to take when making a career change is updating your resume. You need to remember: you’re probably not the only person in the world applying for these jobs. And depending on your industry, competition may be fierce. Your resume has to stand out so that hiring managers will actually read it. Make sure it has a clean design, and include only the information that is most relevant to the position you’re applying for. Also, put all the most pertinent information at the top. If you have experience in the field, that would be the most important; if you don’t have much experience, highlight your skills, education and so forth.  

 

Need assistance with your resume? This is another instance where a freelancer can come in handy. An expert resume writer can update your resume so that it’s professional and stands out from the crowd. When looking to hire, gauge reviews, price and examples.   

 

Revisit your wardrobe 

 

Lastly, your clothes matter — and in some industries you’re expected to dress the part. No matter what kind of job you’re going after, however, looking your best will only help your prospects. Go through your closet to sort through your wardrobe. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in over a year, and categorize the rest into piles:  

 

  • Items you wear regularly 

  • Items you will wear but that need repaired or tailored 

  • Items that need to be dry-cleaned 

  • Seasonal items to store away 

 

Sorting through your clothes allows you to see what all you need to complete your wardrobe for your new career. Once you know specifically what you need, it will be easier to shop strategically and avoid unnecessary purchases. For interview purposes, make sure you have the right staple pieces (i.e. suit, dress shirt, dress shoes) and keep them cleaned and pressed so they’re ready to go if you get a last-minute interview invitation.  

 

Changing careers takes courage, planning and action. Be sure to invest in a great website that showcases your experience and qualities, and take steps to clean up and build your online presence. Pay attention to your resume, and make any necessary changes to your wardrobe. By clearing the cobwebs, you’re positioning yourself to move upward and onward.  

 


 

 

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