Making a Successful Career Pivot

Are you considering a career change?

At Transition Solutions, we’ve been helping companies and individuals with workforce changes for thirty years. Many of our clients find themselves considering new career options due to a constantly evolving work environment and sometimes the elimination of whole industries and job functions.  As per the quote below from Clifford Hakim, as you consider a career pivot, it’s important to shift from an “employed” to “self-employed” attitude.

“To succeed in today’s workplace; each of us must view ourselves as self-employed, even if we hold traditional roles inside a company.” Clifford Hakim, We Are ALL Self-Employed.

To achieve a “self-employed” mindset you must:

  1. Know your product; your skills, accomplishments, values and interests. Define the product – You. You are the product. So the first phase involves conducting a personal inventory of your skills, interests, and accomplishments.
  • Find the work that needs to be done that fits with your capabilities. Once you know your skills and what you want to do, it’s important to stay in touch with job categories that offer the best current opportunities. Also, as you think about a career change, identifying target companies you would love to work for can be very helpful.  Glassdoor is a useful resource to learn more about companies and they recently shared a list of the best companies to work for in America based on employee reviews. We’ve listed the top 10 below including overall employee score and quote.

Company                                            Overall Employee Review Score

  • Bain & Company                                       4.6.

“They have put forth a very thoughtful COVID response plan, and really upped their game on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the wake of recent events in the US.”

  • NVIDIA                                                     4.5

“The core values at NVIDIA – intellectual honesty, innovation, speed, excellence and working as one team – are ingrained into everything…”

  • In-N-Out Burger                                         4.5

“Amazing people, awesome leadership, I feel cared about every single day and we make the best burgers on the planet!”

  • HubSpot                                                    4.5

“The support leadership has shown through thoughtful programs, WFH reimbursement, and flexibility has been next level.”

  • McKinsey & Company                               4.5

“Caring company culture, great benefits, friendly coworkers, and lots of internal opportunities.”

  • Google                                                       4.5

“People here are very smart and motivated, and they put a HUGE emphasis on work life balance. Compensation is good too!”

  • Delta Air Lines                                           4.5

“Especially with COVID, management’s priority has been the wellbeing and comfort of employees.”

  • Lululemon                                                  4.5

“Lululemon is exceptional at communicating to its employees and listening to feedback.”

  • Microsoft                                                   4.5

“Good Work/Life Balance, teamwork, great culture, flexibility to pursue my intellectual goal & challenge my potential.”

  • H E B                                                         4.4

“Amazing company. Awesome managers. Great pay with regular raises. Super fun work environment and I adore my coworkers.”

  • Market yourself so companies recognize you will help solve their business needs. If you are changing careers, investigate jobs and industries through online and informational interviews to determine the fit between what you offer and what is required. Develop a weekly action plan with activity targets to keep you on track.
  • Networking. Networking is always important, but when you are looking to change careers, your network is often your most valuable asset. Reach out to people you know to learn more about what they do or the companies they work for. Share your goals and look for their help to open doors in your new field.

Still not sure of what you want your next step to be? Consider leveraging self-assessment tools to determine what other options would suit you best. There are many resources online to help evaluate your skills and interests. CareeerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, one such resource for information all stages of your career.

At Transition Solutions, we help companies and individuals with workforce changes and outplacement services. Our strong reputation for consistently delivering exceptional service at value sets us apart. If you would like more information on our services or additional information on planning for employee separations please check out our website at or you can contact us directly at 888-424-0003 or email us at