There's a shift that happens in your 20's. It's probably going to happen to you. Yep, even if you think you are pursuing your dream job you could very well fall into this trap. It's that moment you realize the current job is not what you thought it was chalked up to be and you've decided you want to make a career change.
I'm not saying this is a quick shift. Sometimes it takes years to realize your current job or company is not going to provide you with the opportunities you are looking for. It can then take a while to convince yourself that you need to move on.
But once you've decided where you want to go next, you still have to prove you have the skills to back up your interests. This is a point that job shifters and seekers all too often forget. They apply aimlessly with their resume as it stands wondering why employers don't see how great they would be at these jobs.
REMEMBER: INTEREST ALONE WILL NOT GET YOU A JOB. PROVEN RESULTS AND PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONIALS WILL.
Today I'm talking through the easiest way to get the experience you need to allow for the career shift you want.
REACH OUT TO ORGANIZATIONS
Identify non-profits that need your skills. There are many out there who are open to creative, inspiring projects but don't have the funding to support a full-time staff to carry them out. Use this opportunity to leverage your experience and current position as a solution to their problem.
PITCH YOUR IDEA
It's important to know what the organization you're volunteering is looking for in this partnership. You don't get to call all the shots. You can and should certainly pitch the best approach to their problem but stay within the bounds of their "must-haves."
GET A WRITTEN RECOMMENDATION
If you do a good job, your organizational contacts will be some of your most vocal supporters. Get their recommendation down in writing. Managers trust other managers, so leverage their role in the community. You might be surprised at just how much of an impact you've made!