How to Know You’re Ready for a Career Change

How-To Feb 26, 2020

Are you over your current job and looking for something that’s just a bit more? Whether you feel it’s time to grow professionally elsewhere, find a job that inspires and excites you or something that speaks a little more to what you love to do, you are not alone. 

A lot of things have changed for today’s Australian workers, and many are exploring their career options across different companies. In fact, the average Aussie will have more than 12 different jobs during their life.

Perhaps you feel now is a good time to make a move to a new position or explore other career opportunities. Before you do anything rash, it’s best to be clear about your priorities and decide for sure. 

We’ll help you explore whether a career change is the best move for you or if gritting your teeth and toughing it out for a little longer in your current role is the smarter choice. If you do decide on a new career path, here are some practical and straightforward tips you should consider so you can transition to that new job more smoothly. 

Should You Really Quit Your Job?

Leaving a job you feel secure at is never an easy decision to make. Still, sometimes it is precisely what you need to do if you feel like it’s time to grow professionally or if you’re simply unhappy with how things are. You may find yourself stuck doing something you’re not really into and are eager to grow into an area that is tied up to your skills and experience. And face it, if you’re reading this article, you’re most likely already considering other career options and may just need that extra push to take the next step. 

No one is in love with every aspect of their job, but if you find it increasingly difficult to think about your current job without cringing, it’s probably time to move on. 

Here are other subtle signs that it’s time to look for another job.

  • Isolating yourself from your coworkers especially when it comes to after-work activities
  • Caring less about your job performance
  • Finding excuses to avoid doing work, taking too many leaves, or not showing up in the office at all. 
  • Getting tired or sick more often

If you find yourself saying, “Yep, that’s me,” to all of these points and see these behaviours in yourself, then it may be time to explore a career change.

7 Things You Need to Do Right Now If You’re Considering Changing Jobs

1. Create a job search plan

Getting the best results from your job hunt requires a well-thought-out plan, and that takes a lot of time to work out. Having the ability to maintain your current position as you look for a new job is a great help because it prevents you from having to go ahead and take the first job offer you get just to pay your bills. Before doing anything else, get organised. Looking for your ideal job is serious business.


2. Refresh that CV

Take some time to update your CV, making sure to highlight your career experiences or any new skills you may have gained along the way. If you think your CV is a little bit too outdated, revamp it with these excellent templates online and make sure your credentials shine through.  


3. Train yourself up and store your credentials.

Are you thinking about changing careers or do you need to fill in some knowledge gaps to get the job you want? Don’t wait until you quit your current employment before seeking out ways to level up your skills. Make sure to look for credible training programs, preferably those that are able to provide you with a completion certificate that you can use on your resume. You can enrol in a worthwhile program using the government’s My Skills website. More importantly, online platforms like CredShare allow you to store and update your online credentials in one place so you’re always job-ready. 


4. Get out there and meet people

Dream jobs don’t just land in your lap — you need to put yourself out there and make it happen. Get to know the industry insiders who can move your career forward by attending trade shows, job fairs, and conventions. If you can’t go to these types of events in person, you can reach out and connect with them online like on LinkedIn and engage with industry websites and forums. You never know your next online connection could refer you to your dream job and role, so always stay open!


5. Seek out a guru

It’s hard to do it alone, but now don’t even have to attempt it. The popularity of mentorships is growing. Today you can find accomplished mentors across a wide variety of industries who are more than willing to help you become who you want to be. Websites like MentorSelector make it simple to find a mentor of your own. 


6. Master the interview

An eye-catching CV, top-notch skills, and knowing the right people will only get you so far. You need to learn how to impress the hiring manager at your next interview. Some of the best employees are the worst performers when it comes to expressing themselves and displaying confidence during an interview situation. That is why it is well worth learning some interview tips, as well as spending some time with a friend or coworker to practice interviewing skills. 


7. Be ready to invest in your future

Despite what you may have heard, nothing worthwhile is free. You may have to spend a little, or even a lot, to secure your next job, but any investment you make in yourself today will be well worth it. Therefore, don’t be afraid to spend some money on training courses or a new outfit or two.


A career change can be scary but these tips can help you create a solid game plan so you can land that new role and start building the next stage of your professional growth. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use online platform to keep track of your skills and certifications, CredShare may be just what you need. 

CredShare is a new way for job seekers to securely showcase their credentials. And for employers- it’s a convenient way to simply and quickly access a candidate’s CV and their credentials. 

Sign up on CredShare and start prepping for that dream job today.

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