Tips from Careerbuilder.com
With Dominick’s about to close it’s door for the last time, many workers will find themselves in the same situation, unemployed. The word unemployed can often hamper a person’s job search, so let’s take a closer look at the issue of social stigma. It comes in two parts and either one or both might apply to you:
1. Your own perception: You blame yourself for job loss. Or you feel like a victim. Either way, you are in shock. You might even think that your worth as a human being has declined. You believe there is social stigma attached to your situation without even knowing whether this is the case or not.
2. The perception of others: People might look down on you. Yes, for someone who has never experienced job loss and doesn’t understand today’s job market, unemployment is your fault.
The good news is that you can largely overcome both issues. Once you conquer your own fear and act accordingly, you will also raise the probabilities of overcoming any negative perception of others.
A new start can be attractive and worthwhile, but go in with your eyes open. It’s not always an easy road. Here are a few tips to help you make a successful leap into a new career.
1. Take a step back: Before you head full steam into your next opportunity, evaluate your present situation and make sure that switching careers is the right path. Were you unhappy with your job or the type of work you do? Be certain of your motivation before taking the leap.
2. Do your due diligence: If you think your current career path lacks promise, you can quickly convince yourself that any other option is better. But that may not be true.
3. Seek advice: Consider arranging an informational interview with someone in the field or position that interests you to get a real-world perspective. If you don’t know anyone, find out if people in your network do. Once you’ve identified the right person, contact him or her to schedule an informational interview. Be clear that you’re not asking for a job.
4. Know thyself: Once you know what opportunities are achievable, evaluate your current skills and experience and consider how qualified you are. For example, communication, organizational and leadership skills can often be effective across industries.
5. Transition slowly: Look for opportunities to give your new career a “test run.” Depending on the industry, you may be able to pursue volunteer or temporary work and determine if the new situation feels like a good fit.
6. Be realistic: No matter the economic climate, a career switch won’t usually happen overnight. It can often take time to transition into a new field, especially if you need to build skills, and you may have to start in an entry-level position until you gain experience.