Career Changing Roadmap

Changing your career? Use these tips to make it easier!

Considering a Change: Exploring Your Options

1. Find out what you want from your new career! Sounds corny, but think about your likes and dislikes. Want a 9-5 job? Look for careers that possess that. Is there a part of your old career that you're eager to leave behind? Maybe you should be looking at jobs that don't have that.

2. Think about your skill set. Are you tech savvy? A good communicator? A walking talking dictionary? These skills can help you find something you'd be good at and find what you want from a job.

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Developing a Plan: Mapping Your Moves

Now that the creative juices are flowing, list some jobs you think you'd be interested in. Be practical. It should be a job that fits your needs. Don't spend thousands of dollars trying to take more classes to get the job you want if it's going to give you financial strain. Look for things that will use your skill set.

Research...Research...It's not overrated! Research can help you determine what jobs really suit you and which ones are just whimsical day dreams. This also gives you an idea of what to expect.

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Making the Change: Burning No Bridges

If the career change is voluntary, and you still have another job, do yourself a favor and don't miss work to go to interviews. It will make things very awkward.

Don't spread word that you intend to leave your employer, or bad mouth your employer. You might need that job to come back to, or a reference and that can make a bad impression if your new employer finds out.

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Beginning the New Journey: Showcasing Your Experience

When you land a new job, put in your two weeks written notice. Your employer may be sad to see you go, but they'll be glad you showed respect for them by doing this.

Be prepared for a few setbacks, but if you really want it, and believe it will all be worth it, by all means, keep pushing on.

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