5 tips for professional reorientation

28/04/2020 2020/04

We give you 5 tips to help you successfully reorient your career.

First of all: the one job where everything is always great probably does not exist. Many daily impulses make you more or less stressed or frustrated. Even if you love what you do and do what you love, there will be tasks that will take you out of your comfort zone. Responsibilities and liabilities shift and often you can't choose the team with which to face the daily challenges.

Therefore, reflect in advance whether the desire for reorientation is more of an impulsive desire for change or a permanent need for professional fulfilment. Listen carefully to yourself when your inner voice cries out for change. In any case, it is always the right time to reflect on yourself and question whether you are or will be happy in your job. Create clarity and freedom to orient yourself on the job market.

Reasons for professional reorientation

According to the Orizon labour market study from 2016, 36 percent of those surveyed are looking for new professional challenges and therefore decide to make a new start in their career. But that is not the only reason for a change of perspective. Health reasons or a lack of development opportunities are also often decisive for a professional new start. Whatever it is in your particular case, the career change offers you new opportunities to develop yourself.

"It's never a moment too soon or a moment too late to realize a dream." - John P. Strelecky.

Do not create stations in your CV. That could result in not getting your dream job.

Tip 1: Self-reflection

A successful new start begins with self-reflection. Is it just a sag because a project did not run satisfactorily, or have you been dissatisfied for some time and even small successes do not bring you out of your depression? Would it be different in another company and another job? Answer these questions honestly and don't be afraid to seek advice from relatives or close persons in your environment. It is often helpful to look at the situation from the outside to get a full picture of the circumstances. Find out where your strengths lie and how you would like to use them in the future. But always remain realistic!

Tip 2: Time factor

A life-changing decision such as a career change should not be made overnight. Think carefully whether it is what you really want. A change just for the sake of change is just as unlikely as continuing to be unhappy in your job. Therefore, do not force a change that will bring you back to your current position in the long-term. Do thorough r| esearch and inform yourself about the different options available to you. The better prepared you are, the more flexible you will be on your way to your new job.

Tip 3: Using networks

Use career platforms like Xing and LinkedIn for your project. Update your profile with new keywords and recruiters will become aware of you. Use these opportunities for self-presentation, but also make sure to keep your CV up to date to be authentic. But you can also use your personal network away from social media. Perhaps you met someone at an event who could help you now or an acquaintance is looking for a professional in his team who has exactly your profile.

Tip 4: Apply authentically

Take an active role and write applications. Here, you can find valuable tips on what is important for a good application. Be open, realistic and honest and don't copy any phrases from a guidebook.

Tip 5: Don't let failures demotivate you

With the step to professional reorientation you have already left your comfort zone and are ready to make a change. Do not let yourself be unsettled now and do not give up when setbacks occur. Maybe not all applications you send out are successful. Every step you take from now on is an experience from which you can learn and draw positive conclusions.

Many companies offer you the possibility to apply online directly on their website.

It is never too late for a professional reorientation, no matter at which age and in which career stage you are. In the current situation you may hesitate to send applications. However, there is nothing to be said against good preparation. Use the time you currently have, perhaps through short-time work or home office, to actively research possible future prospects.

Some companies, however, are looking for candidates right now in order to make optimum use of their capacities. We, as well, continue to look for lateral thinkers and creative contributors for our clients. Take a look at our job exchange to see if there is something suitable for your professional reorientation. If you do not find what you are looking for, you are welcome to send us a unsolicited application. We look forward to getting to know you.

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