How Smart Professionals Change Careers - and Seize Success
Are you stuck in an unsatisfying job or feel like you’re in the wrong profession? An industry that just isn’t a fit? Don’t just settle but succeed in the right career!
Get unstuck and land a new career—one you’re genuinely passionate about. Switchers helps you realize that dream. Written by celebrated career coach and psychologist Dr. Dawn Graham, the book provides proven strategies that will get you where you want to go.
The first step is to recognize that the usual rules and job search tools won’t work for you. Resumes and job boards were designed with traditional applicants in mind. As a career switcher, you have to go beyond the basics, using tactics tailor-made to ensure your candidacy stands out.
In Switchers, Dr. Graham reveals how to:
Understand the concerns of hiring managersCraft a resume that catches their attention within six secondsSpotlight transferable skills that companies covetRebrand yourself—aligning your professional identity with your new aspirationsReach decision-makers by recruiting “ambassadors” from within your networkNail interviews by turning tough questions to your advantageConvince skeptical employers to shelve their assumptions and take a chance on youNegotiate a competitive salary and benefits package
Packed with psychological insights, practical exercises, and inspiring success stories, Switchers helps you leap over obstacles and into a whole new field. This guide will help you pull off the most daring—and fulfilling—career move of your life!
Citing findings that most Americans switch careers numerous times during their lives, Graham presents a compendium of sound, strategic advice for remaking one's career. Her background as a psychologist, former corporate recruiter, and career coach comes into play as she discusses the psychological principles that underlie job hunters' journeys and the thought processes of hiring directors. Aiming to demystify the search process and help readers create a detailed plan and strategy for finding the right job, she focuses on a group of key themes: responsibility, reality, risk taking, and resilience. Readers are encouraged to put in the time and effort to understand themselves and the path they want to follow, taking full advantage of their newfound understanding of the psychology of the job search. Graham particularly shines discussing the necessity of building an appealing narrative about one's career, and her full spectrum of advice on interviewing, negotiation, and other important topics is concrete and helpful. Chatty and upbeat, this is an encouraging and comprehensive guide for anyone looking to jump to a new career track.