Monday, February 20, 2006

Help Me Change Careers!

This is based on a question one of our readers sent. “I’ve been in software sales for about ten years and I’m tired of it. I’ve been successful but I want a position that isn’t so ‘intense’ and that doesn’t have me traveling 3 nights a week. I don’t have a clue how to go about making a change though without starting over in an entry level position (and salary). Can you help?”

It’s not easy to give up the security of a successful career. But, sometimes it’s about work/life balance. More time at home and less stress can make taking a lower paying position worthwhile. Here are some ideas on how to find your next great, successful career:

  • Make a list of the things you like to do. Not just on the job, but your hobbies and interests should be listed as well. If you had a choice (disregarding money) what would you want to do every day that would make you happy?

  • Taking that list, do a keyword search on some of the major job boards. This will give you some ideas about the types of positions available that use these interests and skills. Do the same search on some of the search engines for even more ideas.

  • Now that you know some of the types of positions you might be interested in, start to refine your list. What experience do you already have that would be important to your new employer? In other words, what “bridge” can you find from where you are to where you want to be?

  • Use previous industry experience to find a new job in a similar industry. In our reader’s case, he has experience with a software company. Perhaps his passion is education and he might be great at a software training position.

  • Find companies that utilize these positions. There are numerous sites on the Internet that let you research companies to find this information. Visit their website to learn more about them and then contact them to let them know of your interest and what you can offer.

  • Network. Who you know is at least as important as what you know. Let your friends and business associates help you with ideas and getting your foot in the door of a new company.

Remember, it’s not impossible to change careers at any point in your life. It’s never too late to find something you can be excited about every day and truly look forward to doing!

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