/ Asked by Jeffrey
I am a teacher in Oklahoma that is looking for new career. I have a masters degree in Leadership and 11 years experience in sales and marketing. What is your advice for a new career direction? How should i begin my career search?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Hi there!  It's can be really exciting to decide to strike out in a new direction.  It can also be discouraging at times, not to mention anxiety ridden and frustrating.  None of those downsides make it any less worthwhile though.  I for one do not want to get to the end of my life and regret that I didn't make the leap.

So, how do you get in there? First of all, you have to pick a path.  With all that sales and marketing experience, it may make sense to try and maximize your existing contacts to get back in that game.  Connect with some old colleagues on LinkedIn and see what's new and improved since last you were in that space.  Think about the skills you've added to your arsenal being a teacher.  Leadership, negotiation, problem solving, project building and management are all a big part of teaching, and they are all attributes and skills that correlate nicely to a position in the business side of things.

If you are not interested in business/sales/marketing, I might suggest spending some time doing some aptitude testing to see what suggestions might come back.  Some people dread that kind of probing, but I think it can be really interesting to see what your strengths line up with.  You may not have even realized a job or an industry were out there.

Now do some job searches.  LinkedIn, Indeed.com, websites of the companies you are interested in, all will have job descriptions, all will tell you what you need to be baseline qualified.  Are you?  If you are then you need to be sure to tailor your resume to this new area of interest.  Never underestimate the power of a well-turned phrase.  It is always better to make it easy for a recruiter to see you in the position. 

Show them why you're the best!  Good luck!
Answered by Brandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Great question! Recruiters see this alot in candidates, first thing is to make sure your resume highlights your skills and experiences. Also try using tools like LinkedIn, and different job boards online to look for a position that you are interested. Be selective in what you are applying for, applying for multiple types of jobs at the same company can make you appear indecisive. Another tip is to network, get out there and talk to others in the field you are most interested in and see what you can learn and who you can meet. Good Luck!
Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
What do you want from your career?
What are you good at and what do you enjoy?
What does the community you would like to work in need?

The first thing to do is to honestly reflect over these questions and start writing down your answers. If you are unsure or do not like your own responses, now is the perfect time to start researching and strengthening your skills. The combination of your answers will determine what you can do and where to start. 

Example: If you want to go back into sales and/or marketing, you may need to earn some new credentials to enter the workforce in a relevant and competitive way. 

Best of luck in your career! 
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