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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Job/Career Change: 10 Easy Steps (part 4)

9. Burning Bridges

When you think of changing careers, be aware that this does not necessarily involve burning bridges. You can part ways very amicably with your company, and ideally, they would be happy to have you back should you ever be in a position where you want to think about working for them again.

To further encourage good relations, make sure that you never spread bad or slanderous material about your past employer, and make sure that your leave-taking is done with plenty of notice. Leave on good terms, and you will find yourself in an easier position than ever before.

Many people are a little concerned that the thing that is keeping them from making a dramatic job change is the benefits that they receive. For instance, if you go from working for a company with insurance to being self-employed, you will find that this can be a bit of a burden on you and your family.

Take some time to really think about what you need, and to see what independent medical insurance has to offer. Before you leave, visit the doctor for a full checkup, get any dental work done that you need, and fill up on any prescriptions that need to have.

10. Measuring Results

How to tell if you are heading to your perfect career? The bottom line is what counts. Are your part time jobs generating more satisfaction or rewards?

Do your part-time employers like you? Or, if you are starting a business, what is the response of your target market? It may take a while for employers or customers to fully accept your services but you can use your precious time to build your personal brand value.

Just use your book or your computer to track your progress and to determine whether you are on the right track. But be flexible to make some adjustment if your situation requires you to do so. And if you want to keep up with how to manage your career change consider visiting this midlife career change resource.

With all of the preparation you’ll know when the best time to confidently jump into the new career is. It might be a year or two or may be even more but it won’t bother you because you enjoy the process of acquiring the perfect career.

Best of luck with your midlife career change journey.

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Paul Sarwanawadya
Midlife Career Change Advisor

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