With a recession in full swing, many candidates seek to change the industries. This is especially true if most of your experience is in an industry that has been difficult in recession. Some examples are the mortgage, financial or manufacturing industries. As an executive recruiter, he often trained candidates about the best ways to do it in the changing industries. It is possible, but it also requires planning and patience. Two things that lack many candidates.
Making a change from the industry in this economy is difficult, unless you have one of those jobs in which the required skills are not specific to the industry. That means that your skills and training are easily transferable to another industry. The problem that has to overcome is that your competition for an opening will probably include people with extensive experience in the industry you want to move. Most companies will first look at people with experience in the industry. Companies always prefer a person with experience of the direct industry about those without it. There are specific positions where industry experience is critical. For example, sales posts. Knowing customers and having contacts is clearly a benefit. On the other hand, other functions, accounting, human resources and customer service are often transferable between industries. So I recommend taking some time to identify what your transferable skills are and how it will be beneficial in the new industry.
The best way to make a change of the industry is through networks. You need to build relationships with people in the industry. To do this, consider attending professional associations, joining network groups in the industry you want to move, attend commercial fairs or conferences, and start connecting with people in your local area. While they are known, they can determine how their strengths, outside their industry, can be applied to the problems they need resolved in their company. In this case, through recruiters or presentation of curriculum through ads are long shots.
There are some barriers that you should think about overcoming when changing the industries, assuming that your skills are easily transferable. The first is a compensation. Most likely, it is more valuable in the industry from which it comes from an unrelated industry. Therefore, the level of compensation will probably be less in a new industry of what you have been doing. Second, the position will probably be at a lower level. If you were manager in your industry, you may not qualify as manager in the new industry. Finally, some training and additional education may be necessary.
Making a change from the industry requires planning. It is not something that suddenly happens because you are unemployed. In fact, once you are unemployed, perhaps too late to start thinking about a change from the industry.