What Career Changers Need to Know

You have many options for your job search: you can change occupations, change industries, or look for a job in the same occupation you have been in. This process also works for job seekers who have been out of the workforce for a long time.
Here are some things you need to know about yourself and the job market before you explore occupations:

  • Research the trends. Some industries are less likely to lay off people than others. Some industries, like health care, are growing and will need more workers. Find out which occupations and industries are growing in your area.
  • Transfer your skills. Know which of your skills you can use in other occupations.
  • Network. It is a good idea to connect with people working in different occupations that interest you. They can tell you about the culture in their workplace and help you find out which employers are hiring people with your skills.
  • Learn about salary ranges. When exploring a new occupation, you should know the expected pay and benefits to make sure it will support your cost of living. This will also help you during salary negotiations.

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