The Department of Labor recently conducted a study that showed Baby Boomers held an average of 10.2 jobs between the ages of 18 and 38. Men worked 10.4 jobs, while women held 9.9 jobs. Both men and women held more jobs on average in their late teens and early 20s than they held in their mid-30s. Estimating the number of career changes can be difficult, since some industries overlap. But, most of us know someone who has changed careers, or we have read an interesting article about a professional who has significantly changed gears and pursued a career in a completely different industry. Changing your industry can be a very good career move, especially if you find your current industry or position unfulfilling, either financially or emotionally. Career changes often mean starting from scratch-beginning at a lower salary and more junior position than the one you’re accustomed to, building a new professional network from the ground up, and facing a possible steep learning curve for a new job, industry, and employer. Many professionals do not have the luxury of quitting a job or suddenly switching to a new profession. But, if you are thinking about jumping into a new career, you might first consider your:
Job Hopping Drawbacks
Excessive job hopping on a resume can cause concern in a hirer’s eyes-it reflects a certain amount of listlessness in your character. Unlike a chronological resume (which focuses on job titles, employment dates, and employers), a functional resume emphasizes skill sets that are transferable from job to job-the ideal resume format for changing careers. However, if you find that you are doing a large amount of career changing, reflect on what your ideal job would be, what challenges you, and what industry you find attractive.
Find professionals, companies, or industries that fit your ideal, and contact them for informational interviews. You might be surprised at the positive feedback you will receive from informational interview requests. Most professionals are more than happy to spend a few minutes talking about their job responsibilities, goals, and work demands. These informational interviews are a great way to find out if your “dream job” could be a good fit with your career aspirations.