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Career Advice

Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

Sage advice like this is priceless.



Making a Successful Career Change

Most people make one or more career changes at some point during their life.

Consider first whether the problems in your current career can be fixed. Before you leave for a new career talk to your boss and see if you can make changes to make your current job more of what you want it to be. If nothing can be changed in your current career to make you happier, then seek a new one.

Here are some tips to help make the transition a smooth one.

Decide what you want for a new career by analyzing your skills and experience. What best suits your personality and needs? What skills do you have that are transferable? Note what your strengths and weaknesses are and which tasks you enjoy doing.

Be prepare to take a cut in salary. A salary cut will be temporary but you will be happier in your new career, and the happier you are, the more successful you will be over the long term.

Research the field you are interested in by reading trade magazines, newspaper articles and doing background research on the companies you most want to work for.
Network and talk to anyone and everyone who knows about your prospective field. Ask them to list the key competencies that enable them to be successful.

Volunteer, temp or take an interim position so that you can try out the new career choice. You can use the opportunity to decide whether or not this really is the right field for you before making a solid commitment.

Decide whether you need additional training to succeed in the new career. Are you willing to go back to school?

Customize your resume by highlighting your transferable skills.

Have realistic expectations. If you are making a decision based on someone you know who is very successful in their then keep in mind that their success can be due to a different skill set or perhaps a temporary upturn in their industry.





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