What to Consider to Make a Job Switch
By Sandy Schroeder
If you are looking to make a job switch in the coming New Year, you might give some thought on what it takes to make it really work.
Recently FastCompany talked about where to start. As you think about where you want to be and what it might take to get there, they considered these points. They debated their merits. See what you think
Zero in on your passions - There are a lot of jobs out there that might promise a good salary, but which ones will make you happy every day? Consider the age-old advice: If you enjoy what you do, you will never work another day. Some people question this advice, but I think it is true. When you get up in the morning and can't wait to get to work, you can bet you are doing something you really enjoy.
Be true to yourself - As you consider your skills and abilities, be honest about who you are, and focus on what you do best. When you interview, bring your best most honest, most direct self to convey what you can do for the company. Know who you are and what you can deliver to a job. Then when you talk about yourself it will have the ring of truth.
Consider all of the possibilities - As you evaluate your skills, keep the door open for all sorts of connections. Someone who is great with numbers could work in a number of different situations. Knowing how to handle numbers can provide great support for all sorts of groups. People who are great with words can also show up in a variety spots in companies. In-house editorial jobs, freelance blogging and many public relation efforts may work just fine.
Do the research - If you really do want to make a job switch, spend the time talking to people in the field you are interested in, attending related conferences, and reading about the current news in the field. Really find out how it works.
Check your current situation too - You may feel you have outgrown your current job, but there may be other positions in your company that would provide opportunities too.
Find out what it will take - When you think of possible new jobs, make sure you know what it will take. Take the time to check out the requirements for the jobs that you want. You may want to take additional courses, or attend current conferences to be up-to-speed when you interview.
Take good notes and make an ongoing list of needed things to work toward your goals. Then when options show up you will be prepared.
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