The Career Changing Process
By: Malachi Carr
Ponder on the following:
Forced to change jobs
Make sure you want to stay in the same line of work
If you get fired and you feel like you didn't like what you would doing or if you liked what you doing than you have a choice to make. If you liked your job it is the matter of finding a job somewhere else and selecting the path you want. If you didn't like your job then it was just a sign you need to get out of that line of work and find a new way.
Update your resumé
When you have no job it is the perfect time to update that resumé. You have tons of empty time and you are looking for another job to support yourself. Take the time to put your latest job into the resumé and get working on the other details.
Be ready to work
Lets say you are looking for a job, send in your resumé, you interview, and they call you and say,"Your in." You are happy and you have been waiting to get back to support yourself, but then it strikes you: I need to go to work. This should not happen to you ever because you need to be ready for the idea of going to work and not winning about it. You are the master of your own destiny and you need to be content with what you are about to do and be ready for it.
Getting back into the game
When looking for a new job what you normally do is network. Networking is the process of using the ties you have to businesses and to look for work. If you know a guy in a corporation that you want to get into or a business call them up to tell them you are on the job market and to see if they have any openings. You could even start getting connected for future jobs by speaking or interviewing with different employers.
Recheck you references
If you have been out of the job market for a long time and you haven't updated you resumé for a little while, your reference could be out of date. One of them could have moved or changed phone numbers, or for some reason they started hating you out of nowhere, this means a change in references. Just call and ask them before using your resumé so if something has changed you can update your resumé.
Source (Forced to change jobs section): http://www.quintcareers.com/getting-fired/
Chose to change jobs
Take steps towards your career change.
When thinking about changing career you need to think about what kind of education you need, then what you can do to transition yourself from one career to the next. The first step that you take towards your next career could be just figuring out what you want in a career and what you think would be good yourself.
Make sure your finances are stable before you change careers.
Finances can really hurt you when you don't have a job or are looking for a job. If you need to pay for education for your next career your finances might take a big hit. Making sure you have enough money in a savings account or something of the sort is a big thing especially when you are changing careers.
If you don't know anything about the career you want to go into then it is basically pointless to quit your job and to not get paid because of not researching it. Take some time online to check out what it is you would be doing and figure out what you need to do to get there.
Figure out why you want to change career
Changing your career can be big for you and your family (if you have one). If your hours are very long and you have a family then you could lose your grip on your loved ones. It could be that or it could be the fact you want more pay. Whatever you want you should have thought about your decision and the reason you would want to change.
Do something every day to reach your goal
Changing careers can change your lifestyle and everything about your life. If you do one thing a day that will put you towards a normal life with your new career it will feel much more natural. If you do something every day to reach your goal you will feel a sense of accomplishment towards you dream because you knew you took the steps to get there.
Source (Chose to change jobs section): http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryhannon/2011/02/06/whats-next-ten-tips-for-career-changers/3/