How to Tell If You’re Ready for a Career Change

With so many people looking for jobs in every market, the application process is becoming more difficult, and you now have to work harder than ever just to land an interview. Even if you may think you are ready for a new job, check out this article to determine if you really are.

First of all, if you are already employed, why are you searching for a new job? There are many good reasons to stay with a company long-term, but just as many to leave a company as soon as possible. If there are steady, serious signs that the company is tanking – such as repeat lay-offs – you may want to start searching for a new workplace. If your skills aren’t being adequately used, or if you are not being paid your worth for your skills, finding a new job in the very near future is probably a good idea. Lastly, if you feel your passion is somewhere else, or if you feel you could make a bigger difference in a different career field or position, it may be worth it to your happiness to begin the search for a new career.

If none of those things are true, though, you may want to second-guess switching careers just yet. Being with your company for even one more year may put you closer to a promotion or to attaining a better job elsewhere than you can get now. If you are only leaving your job because of some personal or professional conflict, try to solve that problem before deciding to call it quits. It may be that the conflict can be easily solved, increasing your current happiness at your job, or it may be that you will face the same problem in your next position. Rapidly changing careers doesn’t look good on a resume, so think carefully before leaving your current career position. If all else fails, take a month to treat your job as if it were a new job. Enter each day positively, with your head held high and your excitement for work visible. Studies show that even pretending to be happy increases your happiness, so a change in your attitude may be all the change you need.

At the end of the day, deciding to leave your current career for a new job is entirely your decision. If that is the choice you make, carefully review your current situation, personal and financial needs, and passions. Take stock of what you like in your current position and what you don’t – and then make a list of how you will bring positive energy to your new career. Determine how to solve any conflicts that you are currently facing, and how to prevent them next time. Enter your new career with a plan – a plan that will lead to long-term success.