What to Do When You’re Ready for a Change

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If you find yourself ready for a fresh career adventure in this picturesque setting, here are some steps to help you navigate the transition.

  1. Define your goals and interests: Before embarking on a new job search, take some time to reflect on your aspirations and interests. Consider what industries align with your passions and how they can be integrated into a mountain lifestyle. Are you looking for a position that involves environmental conservation, community impact, or hospitality? Identifying your goals will help you narrow down potential career paths. Need help? Read Designing Your Life / Designing Your Work Life.
  2. Research local opportunities: While living in the mountains, it’s essential to explore the local job market or mountaincareers.com job board. Research companies, organizations, and businesses in the area that align with your interests. Look for positions that match your skills and qualifications. Networking events, industry-specific conferences, and online job boards can provide valuable insights into available opportunities.
  3. Leverage your existing network: Tap into your network of contacts, both within and outside the mountains, to explore potential job openings. Inform friends, colleagues, and acquaintances about your career aspirations and ask for referrals or recommendations. Networking can open doors to hidden job opportunities and provide valuable industry insights.
  4. Upgrade your skills: If you’re looking to switch industries or roles, consider acquiring new skills or certifications. Online courses, workshops, and local training programs can help you develop the necessary expertise. Strengthening your skill set will not only increase your chances of landing a new job but also enhance your overall professional growth. Get started at https://www.udemy.com/ or search for free classes!
  5. Tailor your resume and cover letter: When applying for a new job, make sure your resume and cover letter highlight relevant skills and experiences. Tailor each application to showcase how your existing experience in the mountains can transfer to the desired role. Ask a friend to read it for you you and see if they understand your strengths and value.
  6. Connect with local communities and organizations: Engaging with local communities and organizations is a great way to immerse yourself in the mountain lifestyle while expanding your professional network. Attend community events, volunteer for environmental initiatives, and join professional associations related to your desired industry. Active involvement will not only enhance your chances of finding job opportunities but also provide a sense of belonging. Check out the growing list of Community Organizations listed on the VIP Mountain Careers page.
  7. Be patient and persistent: Finding the perfect job takes time, so be patient and persistent throughout the process. Rejections are part of the journey, but they shouldn’t deter you from pursuing your dreams. Stay positive, continue networking, and refine your job search strategies as needed.

Living and working in the mountains is a unique experience that many aspire to have. So, take the leap, explore the opportunities, and create a fulfilling career journey because creating a life in the mountains is SO worth it! Need advice? Email us at info@mountaincareers.com.