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Powerful Career Change Advice... Tap Your Personal Goldmine!

Every so often it becomes necessary to consider a career change. Not just a job change.

The problem is that many of us fall into a career... almost randomly. For example, we graduate and our first course of action is to find a job. Depending upon how anxious we are to get a job, we may just wind up accepting whatever comes along. And it may have little to do with our long-term career plan.

This happens all the time.

So, later you may realize that you're no longer on the career change track that originally excited you. And because it may be years later, you feel you stuck. You're making a good salary. You like your boss. Benefits are great. Basically you're happy in your current position.

But there's that nagging thought... I'm not doing what I always wanted to do.

The good news is that you have a personal goldmine of strengths, capabilities and assets that can position you for an exciting career change. You can tap into these to formulate a personal profile. Your profile will not only help you develop a transition strategy but prepare you for exploring specific jobs in specific organizations.

So, here are four powerful tips to help you make a productive career change transition.

1. Don't make any moves until you've done your homework. You must have something in your sights that motivates you to change for the better. Take the time to explore your options.

2. Build a personal profile that gives you the widest possible applications to a variety of career choices. In other words, think of yourself as a product. What are your unique selling points? Don't limit yourself just to jobs you held.

3. Make a list of all the desirable organizations where you could see yourself being happily employed in a career path that excites you. Do not eliminate names because you don't think there are any job openings there. For instance, job seekers who use innovative alternative job search strategies are very successful at getting into high paying jobs in companies where there are no known openings.

4. Develop career partners. These are folks you know or who are in a position to be helpful to you (like local business, religious, or political leaders). When you seek their advice in a systematic way they can be extremely helpful in fine tuning your plan or even introducing you to people who could be your next boss.

Making a career change can be daunting. But preparing intelligently for a career change move well in advance can result in a comfortable, productive and lucrative transition.

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