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!