3 different types of career changes and how to do it !

3 different types of career changes

Why would you have to change your current job?

There are 3 main reasons normally used for changing you career.

  1. Involuntary career change
  2. Normal career change
  3. Major career change

Involuntary career change

As it says – “Involuntary” – it is out of your hands, you might be the one making the decision to make the career change, but it is what you could call a “force majeure” or a “greater force” decision. Below you can see examples of this:

  • Your new job was not as agreed in the contract
  • Redundancy caused by merger, acquisition, takeover
  • Redundancy caused by outsourcing to more competitive countries/companies
  • Redundancy caused by loss of market share or position
  • Conflict with new management after a merger or takeover; there is simply not enough chemistry between the new parties who needs to work together

“Involuntary” career change demands the best of you and your network. Sometimes it is frustrating and you would say “Why me!”. But the only thing that works in that situation is to start to plan the changes ahead in a rationally way. Before the situation becomes unbearable for you start planning your next moves and try to focus on the future instead of the past. Use you past positively and make your CV the best CV around. Activate you network and have all your listening antennas up and ready to tune in to possible opportunities. If you manage to get through this hard period of your life, you will get some valuable experience of ”change management” that would be an asset to a new employer and you can certainly talk about having coped effectively with crisis!

Normal career change

The most common career change scenario you probably already have experienced is that you believe and wants to have a better job with more rewards within your line of work. You are unsatisfied with your current employer who has for instance in salary and bonus issues dragged his feet and maybe a new company offers you more for your line of expertise. The first thing you should do is to take control of your CV and make it updated and exactly right for your next job. Then start networking, scanning for possible jobs, begin approaching agencies and headhunters. What you need is an up-to-date CV and a perfect cover-letter that explains what you are trying to achieve, and why you think you are ready to do a career move. These should be prepared before you make actually contact with any new employer or headhunter. This also needs to be done for you to be sure why and what you want and not just take the first available position you find. Have a look in our other Comoto CV Tips to get some ideas on how to write the perfect CV and remember to target your CV to the actual job at hand.

Major career change

If you want make a complete change in your occupation – after having for instance finished a new education, returning after motherhood, returning from a period abroad, served in the military or you are just feed up with the sector you work in and want to make a major shift into something that you will find more interest in, this will demand all your senses and competences to do so, and especially in the case you need to do this in a rational and controlled manner. You will also need to do this as if it was an exercise or project. It is not something that cannot be done overnight or just by making a new CV and then go job hunting as you go away from safe haven and enter unchartered waters therefore proper planning is a must. You might have to do this over time and get your network working for you, but be aware not to disclose anything for people who might become a whistleblower and go behind your back. Because then a simple wish to try something new can lead to an “involuntary” career change.

Good luck in your career change