What Job Should She Target with Career Change?


Rose writes:
How can I find out what type of job I would be best suited for based on my qualifications
and previous job experience? I am about to change jobs and am not quite sure what to look for.



The Career Doctor responds:
You’ve kind of gotten the job-searching process backwards. You shouldn’t look for a
new job based on your previous experience unless you are interested in simply
advancing to the next level in that career path.
If you are simply looking to advance to the next level within your current career I suggest
conducting a little career research and possibly conducting a few informational interviews.
Talk to your current boss or someone in the human resources department to discuss
career paths. But don’t limit yourself to career paths within your own company. Use the
resources of the professional organization for your career. And consider conducting
information interviews — not job interviews — with people who are much farther along in
their careers and use the opportunity to pick their brains about the best paths for
advancement in your career.
If you are looking to make a switch from your current career please remember that previous
work experience doesn’t dictate or limit your job-search potential. Just about any job-seeker
can identify what we call transferable skills sometimes referred to as portable skills.
Transferable skills are skills you have acquired during any activity in your life — jobs classes projects parenting hobbies sports virtually anything — that are transferable and
applicable to what you want to do in your next job. Transferable skills are usually divided
into five broad categories:

  • Communication
  • Research and planning
  • Human relations
  • Organization management and leadership
  • Work survival

Take the time to analyze and develop your transferable skills. Then determine the types
of skills you most enjoy using. And then research careers that utilize those skills. And
again informational interviews can help you in your research.
Learn more in the Transferable
Skills
section of Quintessential Careers.
And find out more about the power of informational interviews in the Quintessential Careers
Informational Interview Tutorial.

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Rose writes:
How can I find out what type of job I would be best suited for based on my qualifications
and previous job experience? I am about to change jobs and am not quite sure what to look for.



The Career Doctor responds:
You’ve kind of gotten the job-searching process backwards. You shouldn’t look for a
new job based on your previous experience unless you are interested in simply
advancing to the next level in that career path.
If you are simply looking to advance to the next level within your current career I suggest
conducting a little career research and possibly conducting a few informational interviews.
Talk to your current boss or someone in the human resources department to discuss
career paths. But don’t limit yourself to career paths within your own company. Use the
resources of the professional organization for your career. And consider conducting
information interviews — not job interviews — with people who are much farther along in
their careers and use the opportunity to pick their brains about the best paths for
advancement in your career.
If you are looking to make a switch from your current career please remember that previous
work experience doesn’t dictate or limit your job-search potential. Just about any job-seeker
can identify what we call transferable skills sometimes referred to as portable skills.
Transferable skills are skills you have acquired during any activity in your life — jobs classes projects parenting hobbies sports virtually anything — that are transferable and
applicable to what you want to do in your next job. Transferable skills are usually divided
into five broad categories:

  • Communication
  • Research and planning
  • Human relations
  • Organization management and leadership
  • Work survival

Take the time to analyze and develop your transferable skills. Then determine the types
of skills you most enjoy using. And then research careers that utilize those skills. And
again informational interviews can help you in your research.
Learn more in the Transferable
Skills
section of Quintessential Careers.
And find out more about the power of informational interviews in the Quintessential Careers
Informational Interview Tutorial.