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Recently I was featured in Newsday answering questions from career changers concerned about their chances of landing a job when competing with new (and cheaper) college graduates. Subscribers can get the full article from Newsday columnist Patricia Kitchen. But here are the highlights for those looking to translate their skills and experience into a new field...
- Experienced career changers have two things college graduates don't: 1) experience and 2) a strategy for their careers. Most college grads just want a job and haven't thought much beyond that. Employers want employees who are motivated by the work itself and not only a paycheck.
- Entry-level jobs are not always a fit for career changers. Most people take for granted that they have transferrable skills that translate across industries and fields. Career changers have already built skills in communication, managing work and managing others just to name a few. There's no need to start over at the bottom just because you have some learning to do. Most often, a lateral move or perhaps one step back is the right transition for an experienced career changer, not an entry-level job.
- It's never too late to make a career change into work you enjoy. In fact some employers value experience more than others. Take AARP's list of the Best Employers for Workers Over 50. These employers value the dependability, work ethic and wisdom that experience brings. Target employers who already appreciate your experience and you'll improve your chances of smooth career transition.
You can compete as an experienced career changer. Focus on and have confidence in what you bring to the job. Hiring managers won't care about your age if you are the best and most passionate at what you do!
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