4 Top Tips How To Reinvent Yourself

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We spend around 90,000 hours of our lifetime working, yet 80% of us are unhappy with our career. At The CVSquad,  we understand changing jobs is tough and can be a little bit scary, leaving that sense of security and certainty in order to venture off into unknown territory. It’s nothing to do with not being experienced enough!

But what is our dream job?

According to Gallup, a global performance-management consulting company, studies have found the following ingredients making a dream job:

  • Work you are good at and you enjoy
  • A job that fits your personal life
  • A job that meets your basic needs i.e. fair paid, a short commute and reasonable hours
  • Supportive colleagues
  • Engaging work that lets you enter a state of flow (freedom, variety, clear tasks, feedback)
  • Work that helps others

Don’t get stuck by only considering opportunities similar to your current career path. If you are thinking of a career change and reinventing yourself, it may require utilising hidden skills and talents, and setting a goal to enjoy your new job more than you ever thought possible.

4 Top tips on how to reinvent yourself:

  1. Stop Moaning!

Winston Churchill quotes: “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. Most of us spend our time just moaning about work but doing nothing about it. Turn that negativity into a belief that you will move on to bigger and better things. We are creators of our own lives and can choose our attitude.

  1. Think outside the box

Reinventing yourself and finding your dream job requires thinking outside of the box. Focus on your hidden and transferable skills and qualities. Skills, qualities and attributes you have established throughout your career, personal life or volunteer work. Look at the extra skills required along the way and ordinary experience you had.

  1. Widen the Net

Build a network with people that actually want to help you. Even, if you have a good idea of your perfect profession, it pays off to be open-minded. Take an evening class or shadow someone whose job you find interesting. Use LinkedIn – the biggest professional network. According to researches, being a familiar face makes you 40% more likely to get hired and an estimated 75% of jobs are never advertised.

  1. Get Help – It Pays Off

Job seekers who invest in a professional CV can increase interview invitations by 50%. A massive 92% of shortlisting decisions are based on the CV. Your CV is all you have to sell yourself, so if your CV doesn’t tell the employer/recruiter how good you are, how will they know? Most people think their CV is good, but recruiters/employers don’t! 80% of CVs are either weak or need improvement. Investing in a CV costs less than 1% of your annual income.

Co-founder at Congress London, a members network for women in London, Dahlia Basar, adds: There’s often a lot of fear associated with changing careers, but that doesn’t mean you should let it stop you from finding fulfilling work that makes you happy. Don’t be afraid to get inspiration and to take help like from professionals at The CVSquad. They are experts in identifying your key achievements and skills necessary for your next role, cut out unnecessary or irrelevant details, and pinpoint what makes you stand out, ensuring you are presenting yourself the best possible way.

You spend 90,000 hours of your lifetime working – 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, 47 weeks of the year until you retire! It is time to reinvent yourself and to make your dream job a reality!