Always be selling…
Once you take inventory of your universal skills, figure out how to use them to show a potential employer you’re technically capable of doing the job -- even if, technically, you’re not. “You’re offering your expertise and experience -- and understanding the difference between the two and knowing how to communicate them will resonate with the employer,” Gareiss says. “This is marketing and sales. The one who gets hired is the one who is perceived to be the most qualified.” Here’s to outselling the dude who’s more qualified than you.
Build a new network -- and start with Facebook
“When you’re trying to leave your current profession, you quickly realize that everyone you know also works in that profession,” says Heathfield. “Suddenly you have no network.” In addition to reaching out to folks to set up informational meetings -- never underestimate the power of an informational, Heathfield says -- keep up with various job boards and interest groups on Facebook. “LinkedIn is great, but as someone who works in HR, I’m more fond of Facebook,” she says. Saying that in today's landscape, it's where she goes to recruit. Finally, Facebook has a purpose other than stalking exes!