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					?Doing the 'right job' has become very important these days. As a result, people are
observed making mid-career moves every now and then. It is no longer considered
taboo to shift jobs even if one may have spent a decent amount of time in a certain job.
What is more important for an individual is to enjoy what he does rather than
spending an inordinate amount of time in a job he does not like doing.

As a result, changing career becomes imperative for a large number of people every
year. In the last few decades, it is true that the choice of careers has expanded beyond
imagination. One is no longer left with just a few conventional career choices of being
a doctor or a teacher or a banker. Instead, new age careers have come up that offer the
combination of good money as well as a satisfying work profile.
Before one embarks on a decision to change careers, it is essential to consider some
points.

1. Decide Which Career To Opt For: There are a whole lot of resources available on
the internet or in books that talk about the various career choices in the job market.
Before deciding on which career to opt for, one should conduct adequate research
about the new job. This would be important to ensure that once one changes his/her
career to a new field, it doesn't come across as an unpleasant experience.

2. Tailoring the Resume: Once one decides on a new career avenue, it is important to
tailor the existing resume to match the skill sets that the new career demands. One
would also need to customize the covering letter with regard to the specific company
one applies.

3. Skill Enhancement: Although one's skills might be usable to a large extent in the
new career, there are times when changing careers requires certain skills to be
enhanced as well. One might, for example, shift from sales to marketing which would
require familiarity with marketing concepts. In such cases, one should either sign up
for a short refresher course or take a brief sabbatical to get a specialized degree from a
college before getting employment.

4. Employing Patience: It is important to note that the path for changing careers is
strewn with rocks and stones, so patience is a virtue that needs to be adopted. It is
easy to get frustrated when one fails to get a positive response from potential
employers. However, one should not lose patience but keep on applying till one gets
the job of his/her choice.

In addition to the things listed above that discuss what one "should" do; there are a
number of things to beware of. A random list of 'don'ts' is:

- Do not confuse changing jobs with changing careers. Changing careers is a major
decision and should be taken only after sufficient research and thought has gone into
it.
- Changing careers only for money is a bad idea. In most cases, people fail to realize
that there is a cost to pay for a higher compensation in the form of more travel or
longer working hours.

- Changing careers to a new one without making a realistic assessment of one's skills
and strengths might be disastrous.
--
James Copper is a writer for http://www.baol.co.uk where you can find information
on changing career

				
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