10 tips for making a successful career change

A career coach gives advice to help you land your dream job.

Learn how to change careers successfully

A friend of mine recently said, "If you're not going into the office every day because you want to be there, you're doing the wrong job." He may be right and perhaps in an ideal world we'd all look forward to Monday morning.

However, if thinking about work starts getting you down on Sunday night and you feel you need a major shift in direction, Alan Kearns, head coach of CareerJoy -- a Canadian career coaching company offering career identification, transition and search services -- offers 10 steps to help you successfully navigate the pathway to career change.

1. Start with the end in mind. This part of the process isn't about the job -- rather, it's about you. You'll need to ask some important questions about what career success means to you. Kearns recommends coming up with answers to some of the following:
• What is your ideal work schedule?
• Where, physically, do you want to work?
• How much do you want to earn?

2. Map your career landscape. Think of the jobs you've done in the past. Specifically, think back over what's worked for you and what hasn't. This is a good time to make a list of positives and negatives to give you a clear view of your career history.

3. Find your "unfair advantage." What are the strengths and talents you have to bring to the market? "What is the thing you are better at than anyone else?" asks Kearns. It's your self-confidence that you can accomplish your career goals that will make others believe it too.

4. Identify your passion. What makes you angry? What makes you happy? Kearns recommends thinking of which sections you head for when let loose in a bookstore or what sites you choose to visit online to help you pinpoint your passions.

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