Spruce Up Your Skill Set

If you want to switch careers, make sure you have what it takes to impress in your new role. Stats show that typically only 35 percent of applicants are actually qualified for the jobs they apply for, which means taking an online class or two could go a long way in making you stand out from the pack.

Don’t Go It Alone

Attend industry events, join associations in your area, and keep an eye out for opportunities where you can network. It doesn’t have to be related to your field: According to one report, people who indicate volunteer work on their resume are 27 percent more likely to get hired.

Retool Your Résumé

On average, recruiters spend five to seven seconds looking over a resume, so it’s important to make sure your qualifications are concise and easy to discern.

Network Like a Champ

If you haven’t already, create a LinkedIn profile and start networking. In the latest survey, 77 percent of LinkedIn users said the platform had helped them research people and companies.

Seek Out a Mentor

Build relationships with those in higher positions, they can help identify advancement opportunities you might overlook. In a five-year study, employees who received mentoring were promoted five times more often than people who didn’t have mentors.