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We have had a significant number of requests over the last few months from career changers - people in or out of work who are looking for a new career direction.  We thought we would share some tips that we give clients:

Think like a recruiter

A common concern people have is about not having the right experience to move into a new role.  While this can be a barrier to some, a good strategy round this is to understand that recruiters are usually looking to assess candidates on competencies (things like interpersonal skills, strategic awareness, developing others etc).  

When you think like a recruiter, you can start to assess your transferrable competencies (skills).  For example, if your job involved a lot of liaising with others on the phone, then did you have good interpersonal skills?  If so, can you highlight that you have these competencies, which could transfer into another line of work?

So, instead of thinking just about where you worked, why not think more about the skills you needed to do that job and ask yourself if these skills could be transferred to another area?

Not sure what to do?

A second common question many clients ask us, is where to start getting ideas for new career paths.  This can be really difficult, especially if you've been in one job for a long time.

Lots of our clients enjoy completing a psychometric test, such as the Strong Interest Inventory. See below for a downloadable example:

www.edinburghcoachingservices.co.uk/business-support/occupational-testing

Use your CV as a confidence boosting tool

Even if you don't ever need to use it, writing a CV can be a real confidence booster.  By going over your career history (including work experience) and drawing out the key competencies you developed through these roles, you can start to become more aware of your achievements and abilities.  This helps boost confidence when approaching employers and keeps things fresh in your mind.  There is little worse than leaving an interview or networking event and suddenly remembering all the excellent examples you could have spoken about but that you had forgotten.

While skills, qualifications and experience are important, it is probably fair to say that many recruiters value something else - a positive attitude.  Someone with lots of experience and qualifications but who cannot talk positively about themselves or the role they are looking for will not impress as much as someone with less experience, fewer qualifications but a very positive and enthusiastic attitude.

If you would like more advice on your situation, why not come to speak to one of our team?  We can also support clients through difficult times such as anxiety, stress, depression etc.  If you know someone else who could benefit, please pass them this link.

Career services: www.edinburghcoachingservices.co.uk

Therapy services: www.edinburghpsychologyservices.co.uk 

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Craigie Partnership, (Psychology & Coaching), Scott House, 10 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AZ

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Careers & Coaching, Stress Management, Occupational and Psychometric Testing, Business Support & Employee Assistance.
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