Do’s and Don’ts for Career Transition
The path to a new job can be exciting. In fact, as you start down the road, it can be scary. The difference between happy excitement and dizzying fear has a lot to do with how well you’ve prepared for the transition.
Hints… and a few self-check questions
- DO know why you want a new job Do you see a new opportunity for growth? Are there issues in your current job that might surface at other workplaces?
- DO have a planWill you want to take training first? How will you find and reach out to prospective employers?
- DO update your job search skills How are you keeping records of where you’ve looked, what you’ve heard, and what are the next steps?
- DO expand your network Do you have a blog? Are you sharing it over social media?
- DO reflect on what you like/dislike How will you know when you see those likes at a prospective workplace? How can you tactfully avoid the dislikes?
- DO consider all possibilities 
- DO find a mentor in your chosen career 
- DO keep your resume current 
What will make your resume the one that gets read and wins you the interview?
- DO carefully choose references and ask in advance 
Do these include recent managers/supervisors? Have you asked what they see as your strong points? Have you thanked them in advance?
- DON’T let family or friends choose your career 
- DON’T make a change because it worked for someone else 
- DON’T make a change only for money or benefits 
- DON’T expect the grass to be greener, anywhere 
- DON’T overlook the necessary experience/education 
- DON’T skip the cover letters or thank-you notes