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Changing Careers in Alaska


If you feel like your current job isn't helping you reach your full potential, then you may want to consider the option of making a like change and changing your career. Changing careers is not a decision to make on a whim, but if you go through with it, keep the following tips in mind as you look for Anchorage jobs. These tips come courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.

1. Establish your metrics: According to the Journal, goals relating to career change should be sorted into three tiers: short-term goals, intermediate goals, and long-term goals.

2. Do your homework: As you plan to change careers, look into which industries are expanding that would allow you to follow your dreams. Job boards and business news publications are good places to look. The Journal also identifies the Labor Department’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (which can be found on the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics) as a good research source

3. Take some assessment tests: These tests can help you discover or rediscover skills and talents and jobs that suit these abilities. The three tests that the Journal recommends are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and Campbell Interest & Skill Survey.

4. Find out what skills you’ll need for your new career path: You’ll have to do some more research to cover this step. Networking comes into play as well. Taking classes and doing volunteer work can help you improve on the necessary skills if your credentials are lacking.

5. Revamp your resume: We have established that your resume should be different for each job; in this case, highlight skills or experience that will be most relevant to your new line of work.

By Kyle Wise

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