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Making a Successful Career Pivot

When you’re feeling stuck in your current job or career, a pivot could be just what you need to get your career and life moving in the right direction. Making a successful career pivot takes careful planning and is not something that should be done on a whim. That being said, with the right approach, pivoting into a new job or career can open up exciting opportunities for professional growth and personal satisfaction. So how do you make sure your career pivot is successful? Let’s break it down.


Before you start looking for new jobs or careers, it’s important to understand exactly what kind of work environment, culture and role would suit you best. Take some time to research different roles and industries that may interest you and try to get a realistic idea of what they entail. This will give you an understanding of which positions are within reach given your skillset and experience as well as which ones may require additional training or qualifications. You should also research the hiring process for each industry and position so that you know what to expect when applying for jobs or networking with potential employers.


Networking is key when making any kind of career transition—it’s often who you know that makes all the difference! Spend some time building relationships with professionals in your chosen niche through online groups like LinkedIn, attending industry events, or reaching out directly via email or phone call. Not only will this give you invaluable insight into the daily realities of working in the field, but it can also help open up new opportunities by connecting you directly with people who may be able to provide advice on how best to transition into their field.


Once you have identified the roles and industries that interest you most, it’s time to update your resume accordingly. Highlight relevant skills and experiences from past positions (even if they weren’t necessarily related) that demonstrate why you would make an ideal candidate for this role/industry. It can also be beneficial to create an online portfolio showcasing examples of projects and work experience that aligns with your chosen field—this can help make your application stand out from other candidates by providing evidence of your expertise rather than simply relying on words alone!

Making a successful career pivot takes careful planning and research but can open up exciting opportunities for professional growth and personal satisfaction if done correctly. Do your research beforehand so that when it comes time to apply for jobs or network with potential employers, you'll have all the information necessary at hand. Networking is key here too—building relationships within industries can help open up new opportunities while giving valuable insight into the daily realities of working in the chosen field. Finally, don't forget to update both your resume & portfolio; accordingly, highlighting relevant skills & experiences as well as showcasing any projects/work experience which align with your chosen field will help make sure applications stand out from other candidates! With these tips in mind, making a successful transition into a new job or career no longer has to feel daunting!

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