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I work with people changing careers all the time. Most of them (including myself when I was searching for jobs!) made some combination of mistakes that Monster.com talks about. This is why I emphasize self-reflection, research, and not going it alone. Here’s their Top Ten list in a nutshell (although their article goes into more detail):
- Don’t Look for a Job in Another Field Without Some Intense Introspection
- Don’t Look for Hot Fields Unless They’re a Good Fit for You
- Don’t Go into a Field Because Your Friend Is Doing Well in It
- Don’t Stick to Possibilities You Already Know About
- Don’t Let Money Be the Deciding Factor
- Don’t Keep Your Dissatisfaction to Yourself or Try to Make the Switch Alone
- Don’t Go Back to School Unless You’ve Done Some Test-Drives in the New Field
- Be Careful When Using Placement Agencies or Search Firms
- Don’t Expect a Career Counselor to Tell You Which Field to Enter
- Don’t Expect to Switch Overnight
I think this is all excellent advice. My question to you is: what step can you take today to move you in the right direction?
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