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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.

Question: 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 happiness.
- 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 field?

If you are miserable in your current job, remember that taking small steady steps in a new direction can be very empowering.

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