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Best Tips to Change Your Career

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It’s a human nature to ponder about, while making big decision like changing your present job career. While looking for a career change its thus obvious getting confused whether your decision is right or not.

But you are not alone in the world doing so. Gone are the days when people used to join a company, work for it whole life and finally retire from there, with a pension. Progressive career growth seeks movement, and if it is not received inside your present company, you are required to go for a job-switch.

No wonder making such a major life change is quite hard! But it’s not impossible either, and can be done successfully going ahead in a planned manner. Follow these tips to get your change in motion, one easy step at a time:

  1. Pursue you passion: It’s very important to decide whether you want to take baby steps to move ahead or you will go for a bigger plunge. Thereby you need to explore your passion first, then identify the path and direction that meets your aspirations and skills, and take action to create yourself an energizing and exciting career.
  2. Make a clear plan: The smartest way for you is to prepare an effective career-change strategy. Develop a plan of action on the basis of your financial need and present status, educational qualifications, and training & experiences. Further research the opportunities well. A successful career change may take you long, but keep patience and keep on making good attempts.
  3. Wait for the right time: The best time advised to go for a career change is when you have settled in your present company and profile. This reflects your stability and skills’ enhancing competency. Moreover a steady paycheck can relieve you from a lot of pressure and you can search new job relaxed and take up a right opportunity. To judge the viability of your decision you can try doing volunteering or freelancing or you can offer yourself as a consultant in the desired field.
  4. Wait for the right market situation: While changing your career, it’s very important to explore the market conditions and know the present and future of the profile you want to enter into. Whether the prospective sector is progressive or is it shrinking, showing signs of downsizing or salary deductions, etc.; and so on.
  5. Know your reasons: Leaving behind an established job and a well known environment and team; and entering into a totally new unknown company is a big decision. You need to have solid and sound reasons for it. Just because you’re not happy with your boss and/or can’t meet your targets, are not strong enough reasons to make a total career change. May be you are not putting in the rights efforts or you are going in a wrong way/direction. So analyze carefully whether it is your actual career you dislike or whether your employer, supervisor, or office situation is the problem. And decide accordingly.
  6. Analyze the opportunities within the organization: The moment you decide to change you career, the first step is to look out for the desired opportunity within your organization. Being aware of the company’s norms and standards, the company will not have to spend on your induction and you can right away go for the departmental training. Internal candidates thus are highly preferred. But if you don’t find any possibility ahead, it’s the right time for you to move ahead and look for the outside options.
  7. Analyze the outside opportunities: Explore the career opportunities before attempting a career jump. This will help you know the market trends and pros-&-cons related to respective fields and thus analyze all possibilities. Approach people in your network and talk to them, get their suggestions; read about career(s) and job profiles; meet with a career management professional. The more informative you will become, the more successful decision you will take.
  8. Prioritize: Make a list of your requirements in terms of career, growth, skills, interesting work, money, etc. and prioritize them. Accordingly list out your likes and dislikes; and evaluate your skills, values, and personal interests. While changing your jobs and starting afresh it’s important to make a balance between your personal and professional lives. This is the best time for thoughtful self-reflection. You may as well consult a career coach and/or take a career assessment test.
  9. Analyze your qualifications: Do you have the necessary experience and education to be considered a qualified candidate in your desired career field? If the answer is no, you need to find a solution to fill this credentials’ gap. This might mean making your goal more long-term while you go back to receive additional training or you start as a lower level as a fresher and learn on the field.
  10. Use Innovative gateways: Join groups, forums and clubs related to your prospective field, as it will give you the opportunity to get in touch with professional and learn from their experiences. Read industry journals, attend conferences, and talk to people in the profession about what they do. Learn from them whether your target industry has growth potential and what prospects you have there. They will as will guide you know the best way to enter.
  11. Networking: Build yourself both personal networks as well groups and networks on social media. Follow companies and join discussions. Make your presence felt and let people know that you are looking for a change. Try to get some informational interviews. Professional organizations and job industry trade associations are a good place to start. Many of them hold networking events and job fairs.
  12. Use updated search skills: It is especially important to polish up your job-hunting skills and techniques before you get out there and start networking. Make sure you are using your time and resources as effectively as possible. Try using multiple profiles, etc. latest techniques to job hunting.
  13. Be ready to move down the career ladder: You may not get the same level of seniority in your new career that you had in your previous employment. As it will take time to learn the expertise here and move up the ladder, but if you are getting a career that you is your passion, then it is worth it. Moving down the career ladder at times could be a choice as well to go off tracks and to do a job that’s less stressful or more fun.
  14. Use customized and personalized resume: One of the best way to win over the recruiter’s attention is a well presented personalized resume. Using the job-profile related key words and similarly customizing your objective, skills, etc. according to the concerned job position is highly effective in establishing your candidature and suitability to the job.
  15. Consider taking specialization certifications or courses: If undertaking a few months’ course can easily get you to your dream job, then its worth going in for it. This will not be a gap in your career, instead it will further enhance your worth and candidature and open up broader future prospects for you. Many people to escape career dead ends as well undertake this route.



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