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Making The Big Move

If you want to start a new career, make sure you are doing it for the right reason. You are on the verge of making a career switch. You have done your research and chosen the field to move to. Here is what to do next:

Discuss It With Your Family

Explain the reasons and benefits for the career switch. Family support is important and can be very helpful in times of uncertainty. Determine that you are financially secure should the career switch not work out.

Identify Your Transferable Skills

Start to think about your own transferable skills and match them with what is required in the marketplace.

Revise Your Resume

Consider your transferable skills and the industry that you are aiming to enter. Prepare a functional resume instead of a chronological one. This highlights the transferable skills and focuses on your achievements based on these skills.

Consider Taking Half-Steps

It may be useful to take half a step each time. Focus on similarity. Consider moving within a similar industry or into a similar role first.

Diversity That Makes A Difference

Your team is probably made up of people with different personalities. This can be good - when people use their various talents, all necessary functions and tasks are covered. Every team needs a balance of approaches. For example, the team needs both change and tradition, vision and practicality, big picture and details, risk-taking and caution, creativity and structure, people focus and task focus, as well as process emphasis and content emphasis.

As these differences play out in the group's interactions, team members can challenge each other to expand their awareness and grow. There is an opportunity for "harmony", which does not involve everyone singing the same tune, but singing different notes, blended together. However, there are potential problems in personality style differences. The ability to recognise these early can help to make the differences work for everyone.

Here Are Some Things To Look Out For

Holding The Perception That "My Way Is The Right Way"

It is easy to think that, because something comes quite naturally to you, it must be the right way to do it. Truth is, there are many right ways to do it, and there is much to be learned from watching others who are able to get good results in another way.

Misreading Of Motives By, Using Self As A Reference

Team members often "read" the behavior of fellow team members by asking themselves: "What would this mean if I were doing it?" For instance, if a team member were quiet in a meeting, a talkative member might conclude that that team member must be angry. The talkative person would reach that conclusion because if she suddenly became quiet in a meeting, it would probably mean that she was irritated about something. This is not necessarily what another individual's behavior means at all. Using yourself as a reference is the root of many misunderstandings on the team, so avoid that.

Judging Rather Than Appreciating Differences

Team members really do need people who are different from them for the team to be most effective. However, it is easy to fall into the trap other people do things, rather than appreciating their differences.

Avoiding Or Excluding "Troublemakers"

The definition of "troublemakers" here could be either those who approach things differently or those who challenge other people. "Troublemakers" are important because they challenge others to think, re-evaluate, and perhaps, learn new ways of doing things. If team members can detect certain negative tendencies in themselves and nip these problems in the bud, they will tend to profit from their team's diversity in theof becoming judgmental about the way long run.

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