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What Career Changers Need to Know

As a job seeker you have many options for your job search: you can change occupations, change industries, or look for a job in the same occupation and industry you have been in. This process also works for job seekers that have been out of the workforce for a long period of time.
Here are some things you need to know about yourself and the job market before you explore occupations and/or industries:

  • Research the trends. Some industries are less likely to lay off people than others are. Some industries, like health care, are growing and will need more workers in the future. Find out which occupations and industries are growing in your area.
  • Transfer your skills. Know which of your skills you can use in other occupations and industries. 
  • Network. It is a good idea to make connections with people working in different occupations and industries you are interested in. They can provide you with information about the culture in their workplace and help you find out which employers are hiring people with your skills.
  • Learn about salary ranges. When exploring a new occupation, you should know the expected pay and benefits to make sure it will support your cost of living. This will also help you during salary negotiations.

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