Making a successful career pivot is about creating connections based on what you already know about yourself, where you are in your life, and where you want to be in your career.
Sound like a process?
But, it doesn’t have to be a complicated one!
Many people find a sticky point before they are even able to start to take action on their new career journey.
So many of us hold ourselves back from the next steps to our career change because of our fears of failure, lack of confidence, and just waiting to have all the time in the world for things to change.
But, things don’t just change.
And, they won’t change on their own.
Don’t let you own self-sabotaging ways get in the way of making those career moves.
Jenny Blake, a career and business strategist, international speaker, and the author of the books, PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One and Life After College, shares strategies for those moving through their career change process and even those that are just beginning to evaluate where they are in their particular situation.
When you find yourself stuck, take a deep breath and follow the process below to regain your career pivot perspective.
#1: FOCUS ON YOURSELF
The process of your career change is intense and can take you into a place of deep overwhelm, where you may even be so focused you begin down one path and develop tunnel-vision until you get to a result (even if it’s not truly the results you’ve mapped out for yourself).
You may become so invested in making the change that you lose sight of your overall career and life goals.
So, take a moment or two…or three… to step back regain your perspective on what matters to you. What you value and what you really want out of your next career.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Who am I? What do I like to do? What don’t I like to do?
- What does success look like for you?
- How much you want to be making?
- What time do I want to wake up every day?
- What types of people do I want to surround myself with?
Be as detailed as you can be when you create this Ideal Day Map.
The more detailed you can get with your ideal day, the better you can focus your energy to actualizing this vision.
#2: SCAN FOR PEOPLE, SKILLS, & PROJECTS
Once you map out the vision of your ideal day, begin the scanning process.
Think of who you can connect with that is either in the same place as you – looking to make a change, someone that is already in the industry or organization that you would like to work, or someone that knows someone that can offer you advice, help, or provide you with an ‘in’ into the next stepping stone of your career.
You can also look into starting a ‘friendtor’ relationship with one of your like-minded friends for accountability and support during your career transition. ‘Friendtors’ have the capacity to be so valuable to your career journey. It’s another place where people put pressure to find a mentor, but staying accountable with your friends can go a long way.
Do you know how you want to grow?
If you are at a pivot point in your career, you have room to grow which is more than exciting.
If there is one thing about the majority of successful career changers, they have a huge capacity to learn. They enjoy growing by conquering their challenges.
So, ask yourself, where do you want to grow? What skills do you want to improve on?
After you scan your skills, think about and look for tiny micro-experiments to dip your toe into a potential career.
This could be anything from volunteering your knowledge and skills to test out a type of job or getting an internship to get a feel for what it would be like to work for a particular organization.
#3: MAKE YOURSELF DISCOVERABLE
Network. Network. Network.
The goal is to let people know that you’re looking for a new career and what type of job and industry you’re looking to work in. So, be intentional and put yourself out there.
Whether you send emails out to your friends, family, and colleagues, or start your own website to promote yourself, you need to take the initiative to demonstrate your skills in a public way.
If you don’t know what to say, we’ve provided sample emails below for you to use as a template to get your networking emails started.
Here is a sample of an email you can send if you are looking to switch up your career:
If you own your own business and are looking to expand outside of what you know, send an email similar to this one:
Follow this 3-step framework and stop holding yourself back from your next career opportunity.
Be more intentional with your career pivot and push past your sticky points to successfully move forward with your career transition.
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