Are you thinking of a career change? Make sure you can answer these three questions before you start your job search.
- What do you want to achieve?
- Why you want to change?
- How you’re going to get there?
Define what you want to achieve.
In the simplest of terms, what does ‘good’ looks like? You can’t just be running away from your current job, you need to be running toward something new. Try this exercise. Make a list of all the things that you really enjoy doing in your current role. What is it about these aspects of the job that energize you? Is there a common thread that runs through all of them?
Know why you want to change.
Before you change, you need to know why you want to change. How badly do you want it? Changing careers can be hard. At the end of the day, companies hire you for what you already know how to do. If you want to change careers you will have to be committed, persistent, and patient. The job search is longer and more complex if you are looking for something outside your current field. Keep your eye on the prize.
Know how you’re going to get there.
Make a plan. Work the plan. A structured project plan will support you in your job search and keep you focused on your goals. This sounds simple, yet most clients we work with aren’t sure how to build a job search plan. They jump straight to the websites and start applying for jobs without considering their overall objectives and what they need to do to set themselves themselves up for success. The plan keeps you on track.