The state of the current job market requires employees to be flexible in their skills set. Although a job change can be unavoidable in this economy due to unexpected layoffs, more employees are being proactive in making a career change. In fact seeking out new employment opportunities has become an objective for many people. Nevertheless, for some people, a job change can be very intimidating in this unpredictable economy. However, embracing new opportunities can be very rewarding. There are many advantages associated with a position change which can be pursued with your current employer or within a new company:
• Skills & Knowledge
However before you begin contemplating over a possible job change, it is important to do your research in deciding if a job change is right for you. Here are some tips you will need to identify if you are considering a job change:
Tip # 1 – Industry Progress and Sustainability in Specific Geographic Locations
Identify the type of positions available within your state. Sometimes you can expand your options by identifying open positions within other states. You will need to determine if you are in a position to relocate if offered a position. The Department of Labor is a great resource offering a wealth of information regarding occupational and industry outlooks.
Tip # 2 – Know the Starting Salary and Salary Range for Positions that Peak Your Interest
Understand some positions may start below your salary requirements while others may result in a significant increase. Establish your salary requirements and identify the minimum salary you will accept.
Tip # 3 – Assess the Advantages
Browse through current job postings to know what employers are offering and identify what employers are seeking in applicants. Search popular job board sites such as Jobing, Careerbuilder, and Monster. Job postings will identify benefits, salary range, job description, responsibilities, and a host of other pertinent information that will beneficial in your research.
Tip # 4 – Know What You Want
Compose a list of what you are looking for in a new position and company. This will be your wish list that you will want to use in your job search. You will want to consider the type of environment, diversity, leadership training and development, tuition assistance, management programs, telecommute/flexible schedule, and other essential benefits that can influence your decision.
Tip # 5 – Assess the Pros & Cons
Compare your current position/employer to a new position/employer. Identify both the positive and negative aspects of each.
Tip # 6 – Test the Market
Get out there and see what kind of response you receive. Begin by submitting your resume to employers, apply to open positions, complete online applications, and network with prospective employers.
It’s important to ask yourself, “if the right opportunity comes your way are you willing to make the transition into a new position?” Don’t let your age, longevity with a specific organization, education, or skills deter you from opening new doors of opportunity. With a little bit of preparation and courage you will be on your way to a new journey expanding your goals, capitalizing on new opportunities, and establishing a foundation to build upon.