Understand what motivates you and use this to identify your dream job.
2. Action plan
Have a clear objective, and some stepping stones. Make your career change come alive but committing the steps to paper and giving yourself some SMART goals.
3. Check your financial position
If you are changing direction you might need funds for retraining, or you may want to take a reduced salary to get your dream job. Being financially secure and having enough money to make the transition ensures a strong starting point.
4. Keep positive
Self confidence and self-belief are most important at this time. Focus on what you want and how you achieve this, tackling obstacles as they appear.
In every successful job search and career change there are five critical areas:
A focused and realistic job and career objective
A clear objective based firmly on your strengths and supported by your experience.
A dynamic presentation
This objective must be communicated energetically, both in writing and in person, Your CV and your verbal presentation must be clearly focused and show you at your highest level of effectiveness.
A well-planned job search
A campaign based on your clear and growing understanding of how the job market functions which enables you to use your time most efficiently and is the key to the successful outcome of your job search
Building a contact network
Your job search should encompass building a contact network that is both supportive and challenging. Regardless of where you start, the people you meet and build relationships with are the most important factors in a job search.
Thoroughness and persistence
It takes a determined effort to write good letters, conduct productive meetings/ interviews and follow up opportunities. Your commitment to a planned campaign will pay off.
As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts!