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
I am miserable in my job but afraid of leaving
it. Any tips on overcoming this fear?
Making a major career shift all at once is
intimidating but by taking smaller steps you can
make progress toward a new job that makes you
happy. Look to the long term future by setting a
goal to be in a new field in a couple years time.
- Evaluate your finances by calculating the
minimum living expenses you need and by
investigating loans, refinancing, and other
sources of money. A change might involve a
temporary pay cut of additional expenses for
education so decide what you are willing to
sacrifice in the short term for your long-term
- What skills might you need in the future career
that you can get on your current job? Are there
additional responsibilities or projects you can
volunteer for that will boost your skills?
- If you need additional training? Can you take
night or distance classes now and does your
current company offer tuition reimbursement?
- Are there professional associations you can
join to network and learn about the field?
- Are there industry conferences you can attend?
Many are on weekends or evenings.
- What Internet resources are available to
research the field?
- Are there books can you read to help?
- Are there volunteer opportunities outside of
work to grow your skills?
- Can you get a second job so you can gain
experience or test out your interest in the new
If you are miserable in your current job,
remember that taking small steady steps in a new
direction can be very empowering.