Before you change careers you should have full understanding of why you want to change career fields. In today’s job market, changing careers at the wrong time without proper perspective could have a negative effect on your future. Listed below are the do’s and don’ts that will help lead you make the best decision.

 

Don’t
Change careers unjustly. You should have significant reason as to why you want to change careers. Be able to differentiate between the issues you have at your current position; whether it’s your supervisor, employer, the work, skills, or the career.

Do
Change to a position where you can transfer your skill set. Attempting to carve a new career path where you will have to learn new skills will not be the best idea if you lack experience.

Don’t
Forget to update your resume. Your new attempt to obtain a new position will not go smoothly with a dated resume that isn’t catered towards your new career goal.

Do
Make an effort to research the field you intend to transfer into. You may find that your experience or passion may lead you to an entirely different career that you are more suited for.

Do
Make the necessary networking connections to establish yourself. Leads on potential employment opportunities and career advice from others will help you make more informed decisions.

Don’t
Shift careers based on your family, peers, or any other outside influences because they won’t be carrying out your day to day tasks.

Don’t
Change careers without a plan first. Your job search may take longer than expected so set realistic goals.

Do
Expect change. Your next position may even come from places you least expect it; including your current employer. Salary differences and relocation can also be major factors that will influence your decisions. Many setbacks may lead to you landing the perfect opportunity. Practice patience!