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Transfer Job Skills to a New Career

transfer job skills to a new career To open up a vast world of job opportunities you can transfer job skills to a new career. Do you find yourself unemployed and struggling to find a job? It may be time to find a new line of work. You may find that your existing position is being phased out due to advances in technology. Or, perhaps your product or service has fallen out of favor with consumers.

Transfer Old Job Skills To a New Career

For example, VCR repair used to be a profitable business. When they first became popular in the late 1970s, VCR's cost over $1000. Now they are cheap and not worth repairing, if they even sell them anymore. If you are a VCR repair technician, you are most likely going to find yourself unemployed today if you didn't transfer your skills to another field.

As technology progresses more and more people are finding themselves in this position. The only options many people have is to retrain for a new career or retire early if they can afford to do so. The methods below can give you ideas about how to transition yourself to a new career.
How to Transfer Old Job Skills to a New Career?

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6 Ways to Transfer Job Skills to a New Career

  1. Find Your Existing Skills
    In the course of a workday, you automatically apply many skills to perform your job. Think about and write down your top 10 skills that you use to do your job. This will give you a good starting point in identifying your strengths. You will find that your skills can, in fact, be used to carry out the duties of a new career.
  2. What New Job Do You Want?
    Here are two ways to go about finding a new job.

    • The most satisfying outcome for most people would be to choose a fulfilling, high paying job that they will enjoy. Statistically this would limit your choices of new careers since you are eliminating a variety of easily attainable and readily available career categories.
    • Do you feel as though you will accept any job simply because you have been out of work and need income? This will increase your options since you are willing to accept more positions.

    Either way, you need to decide on a few positions and then look at the job descriptions. Job descriptions can be found in help wanted ads posted by employers. Here, you will find which skills are required. If you know someone who already holds this position, you can ask them about the skills required. In addition, the internet is also a great resource for researching job requirements.
  3. Obtain New Skills to Fill in the “Holes”

    If the job you desire requires more skills than you currently possess, you can enroll in courses at a local college or technical school to obtain the skill set required. However, going to school and earning a degree is not the only method to enhance your abilities. Volunteering at an organization or gaining an internship in which your duties would include learning these skills are other ways to obtain the requirements needed. Often the organization you intern for will train you to perform your tasks.
  4. Find Some Job Prospects
    Now that you have identified and adjusted your skill set, it is time to decide on a few jobs you would like to apply for. Visit our job search directory and other resources to help you with this process.
  5. Write Your Resume Using New Skills
    At this point, you need to update and optimize your resume to include your new skill set. Incorporate these new skills properly in order to target jobs you wish to acquire. You will need to use keywords taken from the job description to tailor your resume for the new job. An article in our Career Help Library about how to fix employment gaps can apply to this situation too. There are many helpful tips on how to address an imperfect job history, surviving a career transition or even dealing with a layoff.
  6. Retire Early
    Maybe the proper course of action for you is to retire early. Now obviously this choice isn't one that is easy to make, there are issues that need to be addressed that will affect the rest of your life. Consulting a financial planner to pour over your finances to see if you have saved what you need in order to retire is a wise move.

    Not everyone has this option available to them, you may be much too young, but some people may be approaching retirement age anyway so it might be the way to go rather than go through the whole retraining process. When accelerating your retirement date you will need to assess your bank account and investment account balances, 401Ks, pensions, other income and if you will collect Social Security.

    With the help of a financial planner you can sit down to determine your future income needs. They are the ones who are best qualified to help you make that decision.
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