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December 21, 2009

Make a Successful Career Transition in 2010

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Making a Successful Career Transition

by Brad Karsh, President,"

It's never an easy decision to change jobs. But when that magic moment comes and you decide that today is the day, what exactly do you do?

This is a problem plaguing many job seekers. In fact, part of the reason you haven't made the move is probably because you don't really know how to get started.

Here is the inside scoop on exactly how to take the next step.

1. Put your house in order

Resume, cover letter, interviewing skills. You'll need to have all of them brushed up and in top-notch shape. Don't assume that your title or company will speak for themselves either. Just because you're the Account Supervisor on Unilever at Ogilvy New York doesn't mean you'll get any job you apply for. There are an abundance of well qualified candidates out there. The more buttoned up you are with your preparation, the better your chances.

Update the resume. You can do it yourself or work with a professional resume writing company. Just make sure it's in great shape accurately reflecting your accomplishments. The same goes for interviewing. You probably think that you are great at interviewing, but you may be shocked at the mistakes you make following a mock interview. Perhaps you're an excellent speaker, but that doesn't mean you do well in an interview. Like anything else in life, practice makes perfect.

2. Reassess your career

When you decide to look for a new job it's typically for one of two reasons.

1. You don't like your current job
2. You lost your job

Our first inclination is to get another job doing the same exact thing, as quickly as possible. We think like a robot: Lost job as account director on car account at large multi-national ad agency. Must get new job as account director on car account at large multi-national ad agency.

Take some time to think. This is a good time to take a few free career assessment tests and personality assessment test.

Do you like your career? Do you like the field you work in? What might make you happier? The earlier you do this in your career the better.

Now that you've decided to change jobs, reassess your priorities and make sure you're not just blindly jumping into the next job. You can start your own company, go to work in a different city, or get training for another industry. Obviously, there are some constraints on what you can do, but take some time to really think about that next move.

3. Get out there

You have more tools than you think when it comes time to see what jobs are available. Take this quiz below to determine if you know the best way to land work.

Please select which is the most effective way to score your next job:

1. Check out online job postings
2. Network
3. Work with an executive recruiter
4. Scour individual company websites
5. All of the above.

Yes folks, the answer is e. If you are serious about landing that next job, you want to go after it with vigor. Like anything else in life, the more effort you put into the something the more you get out of it.

Each method has its advantages:

* Online job postings are how most companies list their open jobs
* Networking can get you access to hiring managers and recruiting directors with a recommendation from someone on the inside
* Executive recruiters often are hiring for jobs that are not posted online
* Company websites allow you to stay abreast of up-to-date job listings

It's important to remember that putting all of your eggs in one basket can be a risky proposition. It sounds cliche, but the wider you cast your net, the wider you distribute your resume, the more likely you are to catch a fish (or in our discussion, land a job).

4. Act with professionalism in all you do

The way you conduct your job search is a reflection on you. I've heard (and seen) far too many instances of resumes sitting on the copy machine, Yahoo! HotJobs left up on your computer screen when you head out to lunch. Not only does this give you a bad reputation, but it can also cost you your current job.

Similarly, don't be too quick to get into bed with your new company. Don't betray company or client confidences, don't bad mouth your former company, and don't give less than the industry-standard two weeks notice if you do quit.

Getting a new job can be an intimidating process. But if you go about it with a plan on how to do it the right way, it can be incredibly rewarding.

Brad Karsh is the President of and author of "Stop Job Searching, Start Networking: The Secrets to Getting Hired the Easier Way." An industry expert in his field and an accomplished public speaker and author, Brad Karsh has been featured on CNN, Dr. Phil, and CNBC, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, and many others.

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