Ask MCG: Interviewing for a Different Career Path
Moving to an unrelated career track? Scared to make the switch that you’ve been wanting to do because you’re scared you won’t make the cut? Here’s one reader who seeks help on the same problem and our advice.
From time to time, we get readers asking for career advice. The gorgeous Ashley (really, look at her, she is gorgeous.) reached out to us via twitter (@mscareergirl), and she was nice enough to let us share our advice to anyone who is going through the same reluctance that she is facing. Read her story below:
This is Ashley, from Twitter, who had reached out in a DM about some guidance in my job hunting woes. Just a quick background, I’m 28, and was laid off from MFG technician job after working there for 9 years. Never in my life did I want to work in that field, but things just happened. My true passion is doing receptionist/administrative assistant work and so I can’t help but feel a bit self-confident about switching careers and going into an interview confident. I worked on my administrative skills to boost my resume by playing a back up role as a receptionist at my last job and have done some volunteer work.
I do have an interview for a job I deeply want coming up, but I feel I also fail when it comes to interviews. I’m obviously too nervous and struggle with it!
ANY tips would help!
I felt like in order to give her the best advice, I should consult my fellow Ms Career Girl mentors. With no hesitation, Kristina Mahar, one of our awesome career mentors and an experienced HR manager, offered some great advice. Kristina currently works in Connecticut at GE Capital supporting a team of IT CIOs. Prior to her role at GE Capital, Kristina has worked at an international hedge fund, a technology center of excellence, and as a writer. Although new to the world of blogging, Kristina has been writing since the moment she could hold a pen. (You can follow Kristina and learn more about her on Twitter @KristinaMahar.)
I love it when women support other women by sharing their knowledge and expertise! Read her advice below.