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Changing Your Career Path - But lacking Experience?

2016-06-27 07:00:00 +0100 by Kellie-Anne Molloy


When it comes to the job search & looking to work abroad- some tend to have a quick look into different sectors ''Grass is much greener'' and what not. It's ok to be curious, to wonder ''what if?''. 

Perhaps your current language job is not as fulfilling as it once was, has it lost its flair - have you achieved all there is to achieve? That's ok - when it comes to your career you don't have to settle, there is plenty of great language jobs out there - you just have to know where to look... 

We're not saying that changing career paths is easy - of course it is much easier to do in the early stages of building your career but, it is not impossible to do so in the later stages - you just need to know a few tricks of the trade. Our aim now is to help you tailor your skills and tweak your CV in order to help you change career paths and find a new calling in life, whether it be working abroad or at home. 

The number 1 key is being able to use the skills and experience you have and adapting them to new industry that you are looking to get into - Many jobseekers apply for language jobs with an old CV and think that the one type of CV will work for various employers. This is one of the biggest mistakes multilingual jobseekers are making - all CV's need tailoring - they need to basically answer all the needs that the employer is looking for. 

How do I do that? 

  • Know Your Stuff - Research the Industry:

For this you should research the industry - know it's in's & out's - research what is expected of jobseekers in this sector, is there a demand for the skills you have, for the languages you speak? You never know - if your language skills are hard to find the employer might just overlook a few requirements to get you on board. Look up reports, read blogs and look for articles in order to get yourself up to date on all of the factors that affect this industry. 

Look into the number of employers in this industry - research the ones you are interested in working for - just like you would research before an interview - do the same for changing career paths. 

  • Get Your Hands on Some Job Descriptions: 

Looking up some multilingual Job specs for the industry - find some similarities between the new language jobs and your current language job that you can pair your skills and competencies with in order to sell yourself for the language job - come up with some good examples of times you have had to use these skills in order to help you achieve targets and carry out successful projects. 

  • Network: 

Check out your current Facebook, LinkedIn and Xing connections who may work or have worked in the industry you are looking to get into - if there are none - make some - get back into the research circle and once you have found them - ask for a quick chat - perhaps they can give you a better insight into what is needed and how you can change careers into that industry. Ask them how they got the language job, what the key factors needed are and what would they recommend for the new kid on the block. 

  • Tailor:

Now you know the industry, you've seen what employers are looking for - you know what you can bring to the table. It's time to tailor and sell. When you were looking at multilingual job specs - you were seeing what it is that an employer needs -  you now want your CV to answer all of those needs - you want the employer/recruiter to say ''This is the one for me''. You can do this by stressing the skills that you know can add value to the language job as well as using the keywords from the CV Job Spec itself - it's easy to find these out as the language job spec will have stressed certain skills needed - so make sure to add them to your CV. Let them know that you are the answer to their prayers. 

  • Following Through: 

If you have carried out all of the previous steps successfully - you will hopefully be invited for an interview - Now this is your time to shine - solve any issues and questions they may have had by going in with some well-prepared examples of skills - be motivated and know your stuff about the company and again the industry. Address the fact that you are in the middle of changing career paths and are highly motivated to do so and don't forget to talk about how you can add value to the company. If you can - try and find out who will be interviewing you - research them an remember little tid bits that can help you connect with the interviewer - believe it or not - a study carried out by Hyper Island found that 78% of 500 professionals surveyed - that personality was one of the most desirable traits well looking to hire someone - if you can connect with the interview and build a rapport it can help with you and your career change. 

There you have it - 5 simple steps into the changing of your career - once you follow these steps - there are sure to be some biters. Research & Motivation is key - Go in prepared & get the multilingual career of your dreams. 

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