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If its taken you 10 years in a loveless job to realise that your passion lies elsewhere, don’t freak out. Changing jobs is a scary thought, but if it means finding a job that you want to go to, not run away from, then it could very well be worth it. By changing jobs, you’ll find new skills, new friends, and a whole lotta love for whatever it is you’re doing. Sure, it will take time and hard work, and that’s something you need to accept on your own. Whether you’re unsure about changing jobs, or you’re completely ready to jump ship and find a new boat, we’re here to guide you. This could be the first step on the road to happiness. Who knew such a thing existed at work?

Changing jobs – are you ready?

Changing jobs means entry-level employment, less pay and new expectations. Are you ready? Well that depends. If you’ve recently popped out a few children or your partner got a redundancy, this may not be the best time to jump ship. In fact, this may be the time you scrub the decks a little harder and suck up to the Captain. But if you feel secure in your lifestyle, and are prepared to live off a smaller paycheck, then jump away! Check the major job sites to get an idea for the going rate of your preferred employment, or take a look at the ABS for a wide range of job payments. By changing jobs, you will be at the lower end of the pay spectrum, and for a while, that’s where you need to stay. Look for jobs that require less experience, and save the managerial applications for a few months down the track. Its a tricky business, changing jobs, but if you love it, you’ll learn fast, and progress even faster.

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Changing jobs – is your resume ready?

The whole process of changing jobs means your skills will need a revamp. It might mean you take a part time course or get your qualifications through online methods. Start by looking at the skills specified in job descriptions across the board. What are the ones that constantly appear? Then make a list of things you’ll need to get on top of before you’re ready to apply for the jobs. Starting a new job at entry-level means you’ll want to beat out all the competition with your qualifications and passion. But don’t take your current skills for granted, either. Beef up your resume to show off what experience you do have. It’s not as though you’ve been sitting at home watching Seinfeld re-runs, waiting for the ‘right job’ to come along. Let your potential employers know what you’ve been up to, and you’ll often find that your skills can translate to the new job you’re applying for. The next important thing you’ll want to do is networking. Whether its following the people you admire on social networks like Twitter, or approaching important people at conferences, you’ll want to build up as many networks as you can. They can come in handy to mentor you in your goals of changing jobs, can offer invaluable advice and can even put a good word in for certain jobs you may be applying for.

Changing jobs – is your experience ready?

Getting the often mandatory experience that younger applicants will have sourced through internships is daunting, we know. You don’t want to look like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in that movie ‘The Internship’, surrounded by a bunch of young talent. But despite the anxiety, getting work experience is vital to getting a job in your chosen field. Offering your services, free of charge, to a company you’d like to work for will give you the chance to try the job without actually changing jobs. Work experience will also get your foot in the door, should you want to apply for a job in the same company, and the people will recognise your level of commitment. But there are other ways to gain experience without quitting your day job. Start up a blog, where you write articles, advice or publish reports on topics relevant to the jobs you’re applying for. Share them, and get friends to comment or give feedback. This is an excellent and unique way to actually show your employers that you’re committed to the job, instead of just telling them. If it looks professional, and it reads professional, you’ll be earning brownie points with the big guns.

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Changing jobs – actually getting the job!

You’ve done the training, you’ve got the experience, you’ve twittered your networks – its time. Apply for all the jobs you’re interested in, and tell them in your interview about your desire for changing jobs. Explaining to potential employers about your passion for the industry, and your commitment to the career change will show them just how important the work is to you. Don’t underestimate the power of the passion when it comes to impressing employers. In saying that, don’t sing a Midnight Oil song about it or dance to demonstrate your enthusiasm. Words will be enough. If you find the job you want, and accept that it will take some time to work your way up, then changing jobs will be a reward in itself. There is nothing better than doing what you love – as cliche as it sounds – so if changing jobs is what you’re thinking of, its in your best interests to go for it. Make like Nike and just do it.

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