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Why You Might NOT Want To DIY Your Career Transition

9 Oct, 2020

Why You Might NOT Want To DIY Your Career Transition

About career transition…

We live in the age of do-it-yourself (DIY). We now have TV shows and YouTube channels dedicated to everything, from installing tile to cooking up a fantastic feast or creating your webpage.

I am all for learning new things and trying them on my own. Before I go down the DIY path, I take the time to do a risk and benefit analysis.

Nothing overly complicated like optimizing algorithms, but I do spend some time thinking about a few factors. This also applies to your career transition.

Doing a risk and benefit analysis on taking this on by yourself is a must. Understanding how professional career coaches or resume writers work and add value is vital in making your decision to DIY or not.

Here is what I would encourage you to think about as you go through the decision-making process.

1. When did you last hit the market looking for a job?

I hear many times from my clients that they haven’t ever really looked for a job before. They primarily transitioned to a new position based on their networks or have moved up in their current company.

If you haven’t been out applying, interviewing, or even networking in the recent past, you need to know the process is VERY different now than even five years ago.

Unless you have been able to stay abreast of the changes in resume screening, networking platforms, and technology-influenced interviewing, you won’t have the information needed to efficiently and effectively be found or selected for positions you find interesting.

Career transition professionals participate in ongoing learning, earn certificates, research trends, impacts, and the job search process nuances every day. They know how to help you get noticed for your targeted opportunities.

2. How soon are you trying to have your marketing materials ready?

Preparing your online profiles, cover letters, executive bios, etc. is a purposeful process. Identifying and weaving your brand into your go-to-market materials is both an art and a science.

Ask yourself how much time you have available to dedicate to this process. If you are working full-time and balancing family and volunteer commitments, finding the time to focus on your career transition may be difficult.

Without focus, you may be late to the market or be submitting subpar information. It is your brand, your professional identity we are talking about.

A resume submitted late or that is subpar may cost you the opportunity to interview.

3. When do you need to be in a new position financially?

The return-on-investment (ROI) for professional services is often an area that many do not consider. There is a quantifiable ROI to hiring a professional to work with you.

In the back of your head, you may be saying, “I can’t afford to pay someone.” Most people using professional services will see a positive ROI by obtaining a higher salary or receiving a job offer faster than doing the work themselves.

4. Are you comfortable with “shameless self-promotion”?

Let’s face it, promoting yourself, and your capabilities can be difficult. You want to balance making sure you highlight how great you are with not being egotistical.

Career transition professionals ask the right questions, dig for the unique and differentiating information, and elevate your story in a way we have difficulty doing on our own.

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