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Changing your specialism

by Rayhaneh Tehrani | 26 July 2016

Following on from my previous blog on pros and cons from a few months ago, I wanted to look into the positive and negative impact of being a specialist recruiter. The topic is relevant to my current circumstances as I have made an internal move across industry from Finance to the Legal market.

The two sectors could not be further apart as I made the from recruiting for finance candidates in the Commerce and Industry Market based in the North East, to my new focus or recruiting for our London Public Sector team, based in our head office in Manchester. 

Getting to grips with a new area of the business is always going to take time and likewise with a career move you need time to adjust to the changing market. Although it adds another ‘string to my bow’ switching mind-set from Commercial to the Public Sector has been tricky and albeit a challenge but an interesting one nevertheless.

So how do you make a smooth transition into a different specialism? 

Part of my move has been internal so knowing the business I work for inside out has helped a huge amount. The processes remain the same however I have had to adapt to a whole new market and a team whom work in a different way. For anyone making a move like this I would advise following some simple steps that will make the transition smoother.

Step 1: Wiping the slate clean – Try to not compare what you are doing to any previous work you have done, learn from your new colleagues, and adapt your style to meet your new requirements.

Step 2: Getting to grips with the new market – research is key, you need to become an expert in your field, and the only way to do that is through constant research.

Step 3: Changing reaction

Step 4: Repeat – Continue working on these indefinitely, there will always be new processes and elements to learn.

Practice makes perfect so give yourself so
me time to adjust. You already have the transferable skillset, you just need to get accustomed to the new format and work load. 

This advice can be related to all professionals, and a common sight in recruitment. Transferable skills like these are difficult to put into context on a CV but more often candidates are seeking recruiters to assist them take a side step in their career and change the area of law they work in.

We regularly work with candidates to adapt their CV and pull out their strengths showing potential employers they have capabilities to work in a busy and ever changing role. Candidates therefore looking for a new challenge shouldn’t be afraid of stepping outside their comfort zone, it can often be the best decision of their career.

If you are looking for a new challenge in finance please get in touch with Kate Wilkinson in our Manchester office on 0161 834 1642 or view our latest roles