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Answer These 4 Questions For A Smooth Career Change

By Bigg Success Staff
02-13-08

Life Changes

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When you’re considering changing careers, you can quickly become overwhelmed with the abundance of information. But we have some good news for you!

You can boil it all down to these four simple questions:

What do you want and need?
Describe your ideal job. Picture this clearly in your mind. Here are a few things you should consider:

Do you see yourself working at a desk?
What does your workplace look like?
Do you like to work with a lot of people?
When do you work? 
What type of work are you doing?

As part of your ideal job, also consider how much you need to make. Think about your other commitments. What is required of you outside your work? For example, you may need to drop the kids off at school at a certain time.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?
You can do certain things better than most other people. What are those things? Drill deep and really think about this. Don’t be shy – admit that you are really good at doing certain things. If you have trouble, ask your friends and co-workers for help.

Don’t be delusional, either – we all have things we don’t do as well as others. What are yours? There’s nothing wrong with admitting them. In fact, it’s liberating! You know what you need to work on or stay away from.

What opportunities match my personal criteria?
Now you’re ready to move beyond your wants, needs, strengths, and weaknesses. You’re ready to look at the external world. There are a lot of opportunities. You want to find that perfect match with your personal criteria.

You want to find an industry that is growing. You want to find a business whose mission and culture fits with your skills and desires. Do your research to determine likely targets.

How will you get the word out?
You need to think of yourself as a brand. How will you market your brand? Just like any other brand, you are communicating your message all the time – even when you’re not looking for a job.

Develop a plan to get the word out. Make new friends. Reconnect with old ones. Redesign your resume. In fact, don’t think of it as your resume … it’s your brochure. Update your online profiles on any and all relevant social networking sites. There are many more – decide what’s best for you and then get started! 

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