Career pivots are in. Since COVID, we’ve seen career-minded individuals fed up with furloughs and the ups and downs of tumultuous markets. From healthcare to hospitality, employees are making career pivots that are leading them to new and sometimes greener pastures. Today, three of every five employees say they’re interested in changing careers. Career pivots are becoming the new normal in almost every field. If you’ve been thinking about making a change, you’re in good company. But you may be wondering what kind of transferrable skills are the right ones to help you change career paths. We have answers that will send you straight down a new path to a more lucrative and stable job.
Understanding the Pivot
First, what is a pivot? A pivot means you’re turning your career path toward a new direction. It doesn’t mean you go backwards either. Think of a pivot as a professional fork in the road toward something fresh, new, and exciting. This is a purposeful move toward a better and more rewarding career. It’s a strategy shift of sorts, which could be influenced by external factors like COVID or internal factors such as seeking a better work/life balance. Why would you pivot? Here are some typical scenarios:
- You feel unappreciated and unengaged in your current job. Over 50% of the U.S. workforce feel the same. But you don’t have to settle for feeling this way. Pivot!
- You’ve been laid off or downsized. Again, you are not alone. Thanks to COVID, millions of people experienced this.
- There aren’t enough good jobs in your current field, and your career starts to feel like a dead end.
Now that you understand the pivot, what skills do you have that could transfer to your new career?
Transferrable Skills to Help You Pivot Your Career
If you have managerial skills, they can transfer to just about any field you’re seeking out. You can take these professional experiences and applying them in a variety of new roles. One of the managerial skills you’ve probably honed is the ability to communicate. Communication is a soft and hard skill that is vital for any position. This includes both written and verbal communication expertise.
Your organizational skills can be put to good use in any job. Are you a good time manager? Are you great at multitasking? These transferrable skills are marketable, and any hiring manager would like to hear that you have them.
How is your technical acumen? IT skills, even if they are just in Microsoft Office, are always highly in demand. If you have project management software experience or are a whiz with an Excel spreadsheet, then you have resume-worthy skills that will get the attention of any employer.
What about your analytical skills? Are you good at researching? On the other side of the fence are those soft skills such as team building and collaboration. Employers are interested in both hard and soft skills. Hard skills can be taught, but it is the soft skills that will really help your team get things done.
Lingo Staffing Can Help You With Your Career
If you’re thinking about a career pivot, the time is ripe, and Lingo Staffing can help you get there. We work closely with candidates to represent them to top employers. Contact us to find out how we can help you reengage in a more fulfilling career.