My informal polls reveal that two-thirds of all job seekers are thinking of changing fields or industries (or both). Think of (or find) a person who is already in your target field and industry that can coach you on how to break into your new career. Brian had served in the military for over a decade before being medically retired due to an accident.
He then went on to get his degree at film school so that he could pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker. And he has to compete with all the early 20’s grads who are willing to break their back for a shot at making it.
Brian needs to take care of himself and his family – yet he also wants to get his dream job. Brian has searched and searched, yet he hasn’t been able to find any position related to his dream job… so essentially what he needs to do is get his foot in the door.
Since Brian wants to be a filmmaker, the more creative his approach to getting the job – the better. For Brian, that could be using his filmmaking skills to create a short movie trailer showcasing his talent and desire to work for his dream company.
For you, making an impression could mean mailing in a unique package that showcases what you can uniquely offer and why they should hire you. It could be a website, a short story, a video, or a physical package – it doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as it’s unique and makes a great first impression. Did you know that James Cameron got his big break by selling his script for The Terminator for just $1 while living in his car – on the condition that he could direct the movie?
With websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it’s never been easier to find support and funding. In fact, as of January, 2013, more than $100 million had been pledged to independent films through Kickstarter. However, if you’re considering a change of career and want to get your dream job, there’s a free video here with three tangible (and less creative) job seeking strategies you can check out. Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Subscribe to our NewsletterJoin 103,000+ readers and receive daily career tips in your Inbox! AskMen Editor-in-Chief discusses the career questions you should ask yourself, the way you have to start thinking about your job, and whether or not you're at the right job.
Thank you for all of your help in my adjustment from being employed person to a role of active job-searching.
I would like to thank you for all your help these past months not only in my search for employment, but also by your understanding and friendly words of encouragement.


Your articulate and methodological approach to job search gave me the edge that I needed to obtain my new position. It took a long time Dave, but boy was it worth it, and there is no doubt in my mind that more than any other individual you are responsible for it. Many of us have experienced that moment when we question our career choice and start considering alternatives. You can either register for a community profile, or sign in with your Facebook account by clicking the button below. The position is a big raise for me from my last position and sends my career in the direction my wife and I have been praying to go. Brian knows that life is too short to give anything but 100% in the pursuit of your dreams. James Cameron sure did – and today he’s directed two of the biggest box office hits of all time. She knew she wanted to do something different, but wasn’t sure where to start, so she made an appointment with Nancy, a career coach with Career Summit. I appreciated your ideas, advice, and especially all the time spent compiling and revising my resume. You motivated me and the enthusiasm that you showed toward your work encouraged me to keep working hard, even during my low days. Thanks a million for all the support and concern you have given me during the past eight months. It will be good advice for all job seekers, but particularly for those who are changing careers.
Thank you so very much!!!- JRIf it were not for the information I received at JobSeekers, especially high payoff activities and networking, I would have never gotten my foot in the door.
They talked about her skills and interests and agreed that she would take several assessments to learn more about herself and potential future careers.
But, I am grateful for the short time spent with you recently to help focus my job search on what's important. When it's time to make a career change, a lot of us will hesitate and muddle ahead doing something we don't enjoy. Career Summit’s professional coaches have the experience and resources to help you explore your career options and point you toward a more satisfying position. Using the assessment information, Nancy pointed out several options that Kelly could consider which blended her skills, interests and experiences.
Your approach to handling the tougher job search issues was well appreciated, and your assistance went way beyond what I would call coaching.
I felt like you really cared about how I was proceeding with my well being and my job search.


Next they created a professional resume which communicated how Kelly’s previous skills and experience would transfer to her new field, and Nancy suggested ways to find networking opportunities in the new field. How do you get over the fear of making such a big change?I'm in a good position to talk about this as I've made two very significant career switches so far: I trained (and practiced) as a medical doctor, left medicine to become a video game developer (jointly founding BioWare) and most recently retired from gaming to pursue a digital media career focused on beer (at The Beer Diaries). With Nancy’s expertise and guidance, Kelly successfully made the transition into her new field at a new company. Obviously these are massive life changes, and I can certainly say in retrospect they were big, scary choices. If I didn't make that first move out of medicine and into video games, I'd regret it today. We fear the unknown, and we also fear the results of bad decisions, embarrassing ourselves and the loss of things we value. Any radical change can create an immediate loss of all of the value we've created in a prior career.
We're afraid of what might happen when we change careers because of the sheer uncertainty — will we succeed or fail?
If you trust your skills and capabilities you really don't need to fear the change.Getting over your fear requires you to address your concerns directly. You don't want to be in a position where you regret your career choice and refuse to do anything about it because fear is getting in the way.
The way I tackled my decision was by considering the worst possible outcome of my switch from medicine to video games and embraced it.
I fully expected that I'd probably have to return to medicine, tail between my legs, and pick up more or less where I left off. Gone was the reliable income and the comfort of knowing exactly how things would unfold for me (medicine is a very predictable career). I worked only rare weekends and evenings as a doctor and finally left medicine completely after BioWare had been running about four years. Some people will maintain a good day job waiting for their moment, like one of my friends from BioWare who pursues a very active music career.
Others, like my pal who quit being a lawyer to become a bigwig in the coffee world, will make a huge, dramatic jump similar to mine.You're probably thinking that it's crazy to leave medicine after training for years and ending up with a respected, lucrative job.
Fortunately, at a relatively early age, I realized that life is much too short to do something I didn't truly love.



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