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.
If you are thinking about making a move, there is no better time than now to make a career change, and 2017 is looking like a great time to take that leap. 2017 projects to be a good year for job seekers, particularly for the following three reasons.
Each career move you make will have an impact on your personal brand and how you are perceived by potential employers.
Regardless of the reason for taking a break, when it comes to getting back on the horse and getting back into career mode, you need to have a plan. Even if you were only gone for a short period of time, things will have likely changed, and you need to do everything you can to ensure you are up to speed to give yourself the best chance of jumping back into your career where you left it.
Whether you are stuck in a slump, want to kick your career into overdrive, or it’s simply time to make a change, we’ve outlined some career-defining moves to consider.
The skills employers seek are ever-evolving. While core skills such as effective communication, project management, people skills, and skills that are specific to your career specialization will always be a requirement, there is an ongoing change in other skills that companies want from job candidates.
Regardless of what you are considering, it’s always a good time to reflect upon where you are and where you want your career to take you before you make such a big decision. To get a better grasp of where they are in their career and to take some time for internal reflection, many people at a career crossroads turn to books to gain valuable information and insights.