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Make a step in the right direction

There are many reasons people decide to make a move in their career. Perhaps they are unsatisfied with their work environment or feel unappreciated and undervalued. Some may want to change directions while for others it is their personal life that requires something different. Whatever it may be that motivates you to make a change, start off on the right foot with our tips.

First things first: are you ready for a change?

The first step in making a change is to figure out if you are really ready for one. Ask yourself the following questions: Do I feel undervalued at work? Am I often bored by my responsibilities? Is there a chance to advance in this company? Am I worried about my job security? Is my salary indicative of the amount of work I put in? Has my private life suffered because of my job? Your answers to these questions should make it clear to you whether you need to look for a new position.

Identify what kind of change you need

If you feel it is time to make a career step, consider your options. Speak with a supervisor at your current job about a possible change in responsibility or even a transfer to different department. Many companies offer courses and specialised training to help you qualify for different positions. However, should you feel compelled to look for work in another company, decide first if you want to have a similar position, work in the same industry, or try something new all together. Knowing this will make your job search easier.

Make your move

Finding a new job can be a long and difficult process, but if you are read to make that step there are many things you can do to make it easier. Let trusted colleagues and professional contacts know you are looking for a change. Often these contacts are the key to a new position. Check out job advertisements both online and in print. Create and/or update your profiles on professional social media sites like LinkedIn and Xing; these are a great way to stay up-to-date with what is happening on the job market and the news in your field. It is also helpful to enlist the help of recruitment consultants. They often have information on job openings before they are published and know HR managers personally. They can also make sure your CV is up-to-date, arrange interviews, and negotiate contracts.