The career change awkwardness

If you’re considering making a career change, be prepared to go through some awkward moments as you transition into this new chapter of your life. It can be uncomfortable, fast-paced, constantly changing, nerve-racking, and a bit exciting too.

Let’s cut to the most awkward one. You’re probably going to take a pay cut. Let’s face it, you’ve worked in another industry for 5, 10, 15+ years, and you’re looking to start somewhere utterly fresh with minimal experience in that industry – this means you’re likely dropping a significant amount of pay due to lack of experience. However, if the new career gives you the passion you’ve been lacking, then we say do it.

Next up, you’re probably going to be older than your peers who are at the same level, or more senior than you. Don’t stress – stay humble and an open-minded to learn and soak up as much knowledge as you can from these young guns.

Speaking of humble, accept that you have a large learning curve ahead. Confidence is allowed, but that goes hand in hand with acknowledging when you don’t know something. No one likes a “know-it-all”.

Lastly, you’re going to have different habits and approaches than your colleagues. You’ve been around the block a little longer, and you’ve worked in a completely different industry with specific terminology and ways of doing business. Your go-to techniques may be completely different than your peers. That’s okay – sometimes a fresh approach will bring great energy to your new team.

We are often inspired by those who decide to make a career change. As cliché, as it sounds, getting out of your comfort zone, will allow you to grow in your personal and professional journey. Once you break through the awkwardness, the good stuff is just around the corner.

FROM OUR PULSE NEWS, EMPLOYER AND JOB SEEKER HUBS

Featured Articles

Employers Hub | Most important trait amongst your sales team

When it comes to the most important trait in salespeople, almost every sales manager I speak with puts accountability at the top of their list. This has been exacerbated by COVID-19, which allows sales teams to work remotely, away from management scrutiny. Am I hiring someone who will take responsibility for a problem or issue or someone…

Job Seekers Hub | Most important trait of a good salesperson

When it comes to the most important trait in salespeople, almost every sales manager I speak with puts accountability at the top of their list. This has been exacerbated by COVID-19, which allows sales teams to work remotely, away from management scrutiny. Managers wonder if they’re hiring someone who will take ownership of a problem or issue…

Employers Hub | The benefits of hiring former business owners…

If you are looking to add to your sales team, I’d strongly advise not to discount people who have been self-employed. Here at Pulse Recruitment, we’ve seen some of the most successful AEs and BDMs that we have placed over the past couple of years coming from being self-employed. At first glance, the experience might…

Employer and Job Seeker Hubs | Smoke, mirrors and OTEs

The world of OTEs can be a murky one, full of misconceptions, inflated promises and unrealistic expectations. But, on the flip side, a well explained and realistic OTE can be a wonderful advertisement for a company’s commission structure and also a gauge on the value that the business puts on its sales team. Simply put, an…

Pulse News | March in review

We ended the quarter with a bang here at Pulse as we secured eight new tech start-ups and scale-ups who are all in exciting phases of their growth story. Notably, we are working with a Crypto Compliance Technology with a big future and a number of B2B Saas ventures that Teoh Capital has invested in…

Employer and Job Seeker Hubs | Disruptions to agency recruitment and where value now lies

There has been a flow-on effect where TA teams are now armed with more and more technology geared towards streaming the recruitment process and automating it as much as possible. Examples of this have been the use of video interviewing and AI, especially when it comes to high volume recruitment. This, in turn, has increasingly limited the…

Employers Hub | Is there a disconnect between head office & local realities?

A common occurrence that I’ve seen when recruiting for local satellite offices that are run from overseas (especially new ones) is that there is often a disconnect. Examples of this include when marketing content and collateral haven’t been properly localised or when base salaries are benchmarked against rates in other countries, or when the local…

Job Seekers Hub | Why your recruiter should also be your coach

One of the skills needed to be a great recruiter is also to be a great coach. When I say “coach”, I mean that in the broadest sense. One minute you are an interview coach, the next, you are a career coach, and sometimes you’re even a life coach. Coaching comes in all shapes and…

Pulse News | February in review

February was another busy month here at Pulse Recruitment. We saw our newest recruit, Zoe Lockhart, hit the ground running and successfully help 3 people move into Tech sales from different areas of sales. Some of the roles that we successfully filled this month include; SDR Team Leader – Global Information Services brand Inside Sales…

Employers Hub | Are you falling into the bias trap?

Once bitten twice shy. The psychology of failure can be hard to overcome when hiring new people. “When a good decision leads to a bad outcome, the experience of regret can bias subsequent choices: people are less likely to select the regret-producing alternative a second time, even when it is still objectively the best alternative…