Creating a New Direction
This question came in from an AllBusiness reader:
I am currently one year away from graduating with a business degree. I have been in construction for ten years and have had my own construction business on the side. I deal with customers, quality, and money daily. This experience however doesn’t translate to business experience when I am applying for jobs. Any ideas?
Thank you for your question. I encounter a lot of people who want to make a transition from their old career into a completely different line work but are left frustrated when hiring managers are not always open to this.
Here are some steps you can take as you move forward:
- Do some soul searching and research on what your dream job would be. Do you want to put your efforts into building value at your own company or go work for someone else? Do you want to work for a small company or large company? Do you want to stay in an industry related to construction or move into a completely new direction? How can you use your natural talents and abilities to create work you love?
- While you are in school, build your resume in a way that gets you on your way to your dream. If you want to stay on a path that will value your construction experiences, apply to companies in or related to that industry. If you want to change industries, consider applying for an unpaid internship within your new field; any experience or connections in your desired career path can really make your resume stand out from the rest of your graduating class. If you want to build out your own company, take classes that will help you become a better entrepreneur and if possible seek out other entrepreneurs to mentor you.
- Bring your specific dreams, plans and enthusiasm to your interviews. Hiring managers respond to confidence and clarity. Do as much research as possible about the company and its environment before you interview for a job. Be ready to communicate why you are interested in the particular company you are applying to and how the job fits into your plans for the future.
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