Making a career change is a big deal, and it’s not something you should take lightly. With new year’s resolutions, a new calendar year and a renewed focus, there is no shortage of professionals who are considering making a change this time of year. Some are all talk, others only put in a half-hearted effort, and then there are those who are dead set on making a change. Which one are you?
If you are serious about making a career change, you need to approach it the right way. Changing jobs “just because,” if you are being pressured by others, or just to get away from a job or boss you don’t like could cause you to make a rash decision – one that could have future career repercussions.
“No career change is easy. It’s important to stay positive, and be patient – especially with yourself. Remind yourself of your passions and why you are looking to make the switch,” says Sarah Brekelmans, Toronto Marketing Recruiter, in 5 Steps to Making a Career Change.
Consider these tips if you are thinking about making a career change in the near future:
If you truly want to make a career move, it’s important that you take your time to find the right role before making a move. A common mistake job seekers make is taking the first position that is offered to them, even if it’s not exactly what they are looking for. Sometimes being a bit picky and holding out for the right position will benefit you.
Why do you want to make a career change? This can be one of the most difficult questions to answer. Take some time and think about your reasons. Knowing “why” often provides you with some insight into what you actually want – and what you don’t want in the next chapter in your career.
If you are not sure what you are looking for, then you will have a difficult time finding a position that satisfies your needs.
Thinking about these questions will help you have a more focused approach to your job search.
Here are some more insightful blog posts by our Toronto recruiters that discuss tips and advice about making a career change:
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