Pitney Bowes Talent Advisors have a wealth knowledge about recruiting, career advice and the job search process. Vanessa Jannumahanthi, provides great perspective from her time as a recruiter at an external agency and now as an IT and Innovation TA for Pitney Bowes. Here are some great tips and suggestions about approaching a career change:
What advice would you give someone approaching a career change?
When approaching a career change, consider what type of opportunity are you seeking. First, look internally within your organization and check your company’s website, as you never know where your next opportunity may lie. If you want to move into a completely different vertical altogether, it will take additional legwork on your part to research team members and managers within that division to connect with.
Networking is everything today! Personally, I have not posted my resume on an external job site in over 10 years! Today with social media outlets: LinkedIn, Twitter, GitHub, StackOverflow and more – make use of the Digital Age! If there is a specific company you are targeting, start connecting with various leaders and Managers within the industry. Connect with individuals by asking professional questions that demonstrate your interest in specific opportunities and the work they do. Ask about their company culture, their own personal experiences or why they chose to join that firm. You will find often that people love to discuss their own personal life experiences.
It all comes down to building your “professional brand” by networking yourself and building meaningful relationships with people. Even if a particular job opportunity does not work out, do not be discouraged because you are making connections!
Suggestions on how to best assess skills to determine different career options:
Look at your resume and create a list of your technical and interpersonal skills. This will act as your guide and you will be able to use these keywords to research different job titles and descriptions. For example, a Recruiter may look at multiple position titles when conducting a search: Recruiter, Corporate Recruiter, Talent Advisor, Talent Acquisition, Talent Coordinator, Talent Acquisition Manager, HR Associate, Chief People Officer, etc.
Explain the importance of highlighting applicable and transferable skills when approaching a new position
From Internship to the first position out of school, use real-life examples as to how you would approach or handle a situation. Think about how your experiences can be applied to the duties of the role you are applying for? Go into the interview prepared with 2-3 specific accomplishments you have had and why this makes you a good candidate for the role.
What advice would you give a recent college graduate starting their job search?
Ensure your LinkedIn Profile is up to date with a “catchphrase” in your summary section, that communicates to employers that you are actively seeking new opportunities. Don’t be afraid to be you. What do I mean by that? When creating your LinkedIn, think about the following when writing your Summary:
What are you passionate about?
What drives you to be successful in the industry you want to support?
What do you excel in professionally?
What sets you aside from other graduates?
What do you do for fun? What are your interests/hobbies?