Ask a Recruiter...
22 JUL 2019

Published by Elisabeth Pohl


Ask a Recruiter...

Quite often we feel like we’ve gotten the most out of a role, not because of the company but because the industry no longer serves us.

So, when this happens, what do you do? Elisabeth, Senior Consultant on our Studio Management desk answers.

Making a switch is hardly ever the wrong thing to do, at worst you will gain invaluable life experience, at best you will actualise your true life’s purpose and live happily ever after.

Lateral or sectoral moves usually stem from a need to reinvigorate a career, feel challenged or better aligned with one's true passion;

Whatever has sparked your desire for change just know that it isn’t impossible nor uncommon, but it does take some proper planning to execute right so shouldn’t be done hastily.  

Do some research and really take the time to ponder what you want to achieve.  Is the career change sustainable? Does the new sector offer exactly what you want from a career? If you don’t ask yourself these questions you could end up equally as unsatisfied as you were in your last role.

To protect your salary rather than going back to entry-level wages, it’s advisable to gradually work through a series of jobs rather than taking one giant leap

Rather than jumping straight to applying for roles, make a gradual change: study a course in the evening, take on new, relevant responsibilities in your current position

If you’re worried about having a myriad of experience on your CV, edit it ruthlessly making sure only the most relevant info stays. The most important thing is to capture the employer's attention and to get them to want to find out more about your CV, once you get to interview you can explain more about your background and the reason for your change in direction.

Varied experience shows that you’re adaptable and changeable and can perform well in a variety of different scenarios.

Convincing an employer to take you on when you lack direct experience in the field can be difficult, but the key is to leverage your skills. Show the relevance of your abilities despite them not being directly linked to the role and communicate how you can still make an impact. If you can demonstrate this successfully, it’s quite likely that the employer will like the fact that you have a skill set that is equally useful but outside of the norm as it means you can offer a fresh way of looking at things.

For more career’s advice from our seasoned recruiters take a scroll through our blog.

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