How to Change Your Career:
Have Realistic Expectations
- You already have skills to help you evaluate - use them.
- Determine how the security you have can be used to help you achieve more of your dream career - which still needs to be based on your abilities.
- When the economy isn't strong, you may have to search and negotiate...it may take a while to get what you want.
- Be aware of economic cycles, including what's next: plan your offers and your negotiations accordingly. Encourage employers to look ahead to the next cycle and be ready for it.
- There is a lot of competition. To succeed you'll need to really take ownership of your career as well as evaluate what you have to offer and what's needed in the marketplace. Find a great match where your unique talents and abilities match what your ideal employer is looking for.
- When looking for what employers want, look deeper than usual -- this can give you a more realistic viewpoint while helping you recognize or create opportunities that others neglect.
- Build on who you are and what you've done. Build also on your dreams and your ideal future. A great employer wants you to look forward to a future that you want and that you help create; they want you to be forward-looking as well as realistic. Don't be dull.
- Watch for trends; research them - utilize trends in your search. Don't fight history, the present, or an emerging future.
- Get objective feedback about yourself with assessments and a good mentor.
- Get objective feedback about opportunities that are emerging with good research and a good mentor.