Does the new year call for a new career?

Liz Arkuszeski, Recruitment, Gilchrist Hospice Care

Many people start out a new year with a list of New Year’s Resolutions, most of which are never accomplished.  For some, this list includes a search for a new job, new career or an improvement to their work/life balance.

If you are one of the people looking for a new job with the new year, you may want to consider why you’re really looking for a change.  You may have perfectly good reasons for wanting to change jobs, but jumping to find something new just because it is 2012 is probably not the best reason.

That being said, there are a few things that an active job-seeker can do to prepare for a new job or new career:

  • Work on your resume.  Make sure your resume is up-to-date, and displays information relevant to the position you are seeking.
  • Make sure your qualifications match the job posting.  Many people get the desire to apply for a new job, but start applying without the education, experience, or certifications.  For many people a transition to a different area can be made with the successful completion of some courses or a certification.  Consider these options before applying to jobs in a different career-path than your experience relates.
  • If you are interested in completely changing the field in which you work, you may have to take a significant pay decrease.  Crunch some numbers and determine if you are in a position where you are able to move into an entry-level position in another field to get your feet wet and see if it’s what you really want to do.  Volunteering or picking up a second job that is only a day or two each week may give you the opportunity to decide if you like the other field without leaving your stable career.

Hopefully these tips will help anyone looking for a new career with the year, but remember to do your research before leaving a career.  Job decisions are not something that should be made on a whim, especially if it could affect your financial future.

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