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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Making the move from public to private

Significant changes and restructurings going on in the public sector have a lot of employees considering a move into the private sector.  But how should you go about making the move and how do you market your skills so that they are transferable?

1.      Make a plan.  Pinpoint an area of the private sector that you are interested in and try to think of different roles and environments that might work well for your interests.

2.      Consider your success.  Think about your full range of skills and strengths and how you accomplished your greatest successes.  These could include functional, personal and professional skills and should be showcased in your resume.

3.      Be informed.  You have already discovered which part of the private sector interests you—now go out and talk to people about it!  Take the time to research the private sector and learn about the different cultures and expectations that will accompany your move from public to private worklife.

4.      Create personal goals.  Identify goals that will help you make the move with ease.  This could include learning new skills, networking, or researching different sectors. 

As long as you are clear about your goals, create a plan, and work hard while keeping an open mind, making the move from public to private does not have to be a daunting cautionary tale.

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