How to Change Careers

A change in career takes serious reflection and the following of a few simple steps.


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You Will Need

  • A pen and paper
  • Internet access
  • Friends and associates


  1. Step 1

    List goals and values

    List your career goals and personal values on a piece of paper. Consider how you fit with a company, what energizes you, and what you need to survive and thrive in a career.

  2. Take assessment instruments like the Myers-Briggs to focus on the kind of people and work that are right for you.

  3. Step 2

    Write accomplishments

    Write down your accomplishments and personal strengths. Evaluate your transferable skills, such as leadership qualities and verbal communication.

  4. Step 3

    Research and interview

    Research companies online. Interview friends and associates from other fields for their perspectives on different opportunities and work environments.

  5. Recruiters can help you find a new career opportunity

  6. Step 4

    Analyze companies

    Analyze the characteristics, profiles, and goals of companies and positions that match your professional aspirations and make a game plan.

  7. Step 5

    Network to find a fit

    Use your network of friends, family, former colleagues, and business associates to gain access to decision makers in targeted companies.

  8. Step 6

    Execute the plan

    Craft a brief, well-written cover letter to illustrate your professionalism and communication skills. Get your resume read by human resources and secure an interview.

  9. Step 7

    Interview and negotiate

    Interview for the job with confidence. Explain why you are changing careers, and ask lots of questions. Negotiate to land at the high end of a fair price range for your services.

  10. Did you know? Experts assert that up to 70 percent of jobs are acquired through personal referrals.