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
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
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
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
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
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.