5 Questions to Ask Before Shifting Careers

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A major life decision which most people are afraid of is changing career paths. However, if you are one of those who has enough courage to ask ‘should I quit my job and make that change now,’ here are a few more questions to go over.

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  1. What rewards will my new career give? What is it with the new career that excites you? Is it because it makes better use of your talents and skills? List down the things you think you might earn if you do shift professions. It might be financial returns or even better an emotional gain. What ever it might be, make sure that what you will earn in your new career will weigh more than the rewards you reap from your current job.shutterstock_187187867-1940x1940
  2. What do I know about the industry? You might have little knowledge of it. With the internet, it is easy to research and know more about the industry that you wish to get into. You can look for articles online, watch YouTube Videos, and comment on forums. Do not be afraid to try out things and learn new skills for you to get better and build a great resume.support-advice-720x315
  3. Who do I know that can give me honest advice? If you know someone working in the field, approach them and ask them about the trials that they had to overcome to get to where they are now. Ask them for their perspective on what are the pros and cons of working in their chosen career. Request for a chance to be their intern even just for a day or two. Their advice and insider insight might prove invaluable. For example, if you have experience working in ports but simply want to change industries, he or she might share that job vacancy in Klang that needs someone of your background.2f7e7bcc0f05ce07c27477a1ba04fe30baf208010d066639971d2c989de27283_large
  4. Do I see myself in this career in the long run? If you do shift careers, how long do you see yourself doing the job? If you are still unsure, then why would you want to choose that occupation? Would you want to treat this as a full-time work or a part-time work? If it is the former, you should see yourself growing into the industry with long term opportunities opening up. Be prepared to start at the bottom as you are just beginning your career in a brand new industry.

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  5. Will I have enough support if I do change careers? Before you do take that career shift, you have to check on your financial and emotional readiness. As you will be starting from the bottom, you may not have the luxuries that you may have afforded yourself. The support that you will get from your family and friends tells you of their belief in your talents.

Your success is all up to you. Remember that devotion for your work coupled with hard work will give you prosperity in your chosen field.

5 Biggest Job Hunting Mistakes Applicants Make

 

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Most individuals make it a habit to focus mostly on the job interview. Thus, they neglect to consider other factors that might affect their job application. Some people wonder why the employers do not contact them despite being qualified for the job. What could be the reason?

 

In today’s competitive job market, landing a decent and good job seems harder than before. Sometimes, no matter how qualified or experienced you are, there are many other factors that potential employers are looking for. In Malaysia alone, applying in a job vacancy in KL (Kuala Lumpur) became more difficult than ever.

 

Be sure to avoid the 5 biggest job hunting mistakes.

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  1. Not Following Instructions

 

This is sometimes the first test a potential employer would give you. On the job listing itself, they might give out specific instructions on the job application process. It can be in the form of how the resume should look like, where to send it, what additional requirements they need and if they want you to personally bring the documents to their office.

 

How to avoid this mistake: Always pay attention during the application process. If you were not able to understand the instructions, take extra time to read them all over again. Don’t feel rushed and just take it easy.

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  1. Acting Desperate To Have The Job

 

One of the biggest mistakes job applicants write on their resume is that they’ll accept any position. Do not convey outright that you are desperate to work for the company. For one, it looks unprofessional.

 

How to avoid this mistake: Do not write on your resume or tell the interviewer that you desperately need the job. Be sure to be specific in what type of job you want. Don’t say that any job will do.

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  1. Grammatical Or Spelling Errors

 

For some applicants, they do not take extra care in committing grammatical and spelling errors on their cover letter or resume. These types of errors can be major red flags for potential employers. Spell check might save you from an awkward typo but it won’t help you on your sloppy grammar.

 

How to avoid this mistake: Be sure to pay extra attention on your grammar by reading the document over and over again. Take time in filling out applications and have someone check it over if possible.

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  1. Including Unsolicited Salary Requirements

 

Some applicants make it a habit of detailing previous salary amounts from past employers or their salary requirements. If a potential employer asks for your salary requirements as specified in the instructions, by all means include it. However, stating how much salary you want to receive in your resume or cover letter is one of the biggest mistakes job hunters commit.

 

How to avoid this mistake: It will always go back to the first stepwhich is always read the instructions. If the company specifically instructed to include salary requirements or history, you should include them. However, if it did not mention anything about salary, better disregard this from your documents. It would appear that you are only applying for the position for monetary gains.

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  1. You Have A Generic Cover Letter You Used For All The Job Applications

 

Though it might seem to be a daunting task to write individualized cover letters, it is always a good idea to tailor your cover letter to the type of job or company you’re applying for.

 

How to avoid this mistake: Ditch the usual cover letters. Be sure to create ones that are individualized, unique and original. Also, make sure the details you include in your cover letter are tailored to the job you’re applying for.

 

There are a lot to consider when applying for a job. The bottom line is, make an impression that would make you stand out among other applicants. Some employers are specific when it comes to details and they want to hire someone with the same outlook in work ethics. They test their future employees through applications and determine who will make it.

 

Hence, make sure you to avoid these mistakes when applying for a job. Through paying attention and keeping these in mind, you will surely nail your job application.