Is it time for a career change?

So, you’ve been thinking about making a career change.  How do you know it is time to take the leap?  Here are some key considerations.

How do you know it is time to change careers?

  • You have trouble getting yourself out of bed in the morning and motivating yourself to go to work
  • You dread going to work, just the thought of it makes you anxious
  • You get depressed on Sunday night knowing you have to go back to work in the morning
  • You are constantly thinking that this isn’t what you want to do when you grow up
  • The thought of doing this for the rest of your working career depresses you
  • You are frustrated that you are not using certain talents and abilities or not pursuing key interests or passions
  • You have that nagging feeling in your gut that just won’t go away

Is it real or a passing phase?

  • Do some self-assessment exercises to clarify your interests and abilities
  • Get input from colleagues and friends about your strengths and your possible fit in your desired role

Learn more about the career you aspire to before making a final decision

  • Conduct informational interviews with people who are doing the job you think you want, find out what it is really like
  • Is there any opportunity to test what you think you want to do by doing it part time or in a volunteer situation while you keep your day job?
  • Identify what education or certification may be required and determine what you need to do to meet those criteria
  • If you aren’t qualified to take your dream job now, identify what you need to do to quality, what job now would lead to the job you desire?
  • What companies offer the type of job you desire?  Who do you know at those companies for networking?

If you decide it is time for a change, have a plan.

  • Identify target companies and research those companies
  • Identify networking contacts within those companies
  • Conduct informational interviews with contacts in your target companies
  • Prepare your resume and cover letter to focus on your transferrable skills
  • Prepare your pitch of how you will present yourself in networking events and in interviews, explain your motivation for the change and your transferrable skills
  • Identify opportunities to gain needed training or experience while you are searching
  • Use your passion to motivate you throughout the process

We all spend too much time working to be miserable doing it.  Find work that you love and do it well.

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