Warning Signs Your Career Needs a Makeover
Is your career in need of a makeover? Do you feel like your professional life is at a standstill? Is it time to upskill your credentials so you can move your career forward? How do you know when it’s time to seriously consider whether you’re stuck in a career or a job, and it’s time for a reboot?
If any of the following are happening to you, it may be an indicator that you need to revamp:
- You’re not getting promoted
- You’re not getting raises
- You feel stuck in your job
- You hate going to work
- Your hours are getting cut back
- If you’re a freelancer, you’re not finding gigs
- Job openings are scarce
- Nobody wants to hire you
- Your skills are obsolete
- You’re being replaced by automation
- You work in a shrinking career field or industry
Tips for Making Over Your Career
One of the best ways to makeover your career is to upgrade your skill set. Upskilling, the term used to describe learning new skills and enhancing those you already have, is one of the best ways to get your career back on track. All the skills you learn can be included on your resume and in your LinkedIn summary.
Start by learning what skills are in demand, and then explore career options that match the skills that interest you the most. Take a career assessment or two—many are free—to help you line up possible matches.
Think outside the box. What would you love to do next in your career vs. what can you do with your current credentials? Now is a good time to consider all possible options. Then take some time to talk to people in your network who are working in fields of interest. What do they like best about what they are doing? What don’t they like?
If you are looking at career options that require a degree, take a look at the potential return on investment (how much you’ll boost your wages) for the degree that you’re considering.
Certificate programs and boot camps are lower cost ways of gaining the skills you need for a career makeover. Attend as many conferences and professional development programs as you can to learn and to connect with people who can help your career.
There are many online courses that are free or low-cost. Even taking a few courses can bolster your resume and help you transition to a new position or industry. Don’t forget to add everything new to your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Also, remember that a career isn’t a one- or two-step process. Your career will most likely be transitioning over your working lifetime. Making it a point to keep upskilling, even when you’re not actively job searching, will ensure that you are well-positioned to makeover your career whenever the timing is right for a change.
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