According to the survey conducted by the US Department of Labor, each American changes a career 3-7 times in his lifetime. If this is true, is considering changing careers normal? First, the early findings seem too broad. To make it more concise, younger individuals changes career more often than individuals in mid 30’s. from the year 1996 to 2008, the number of people who stayed with the same employer for long term ranks less than those who work from one employer to another.

As they say, the things that you want at age 18 may not be the same things that you still want at age 30. When you were younger, your considerations were limited and therefore you were willing to take on any job thrown at your direction. As you grow older and with the experiences that you have, your consideration for employment, standard of living and job satisfaction broadens. These factors prompt the thought of changing careers.

To answer the question, is a career shift normal? Yes it is. It is natural for a person to seek for greener pastures. A change in career is normal especially when the other job offers stability, increased salary, and more benefits. However, there is a point when frequent career shifts become a problem. When throughout your lifetime, you did not feel contentment and are not able to stick with the same job and employer for more than 6 months then you need to re-assess.

  • What do you really want to do?
  • What will make you happy?
  • What is your strong personal asset?
  • What are the things that you consider you are good at? Are you good with organizing or traveling?
  • What transferable skills do you have?</
    • The thought of changing career may stem from lack of challenge at work, mid life crisis career change, stress, pressure, dissatisfaction in work place, and conflicts among co-workers. According to surveys, employees primarily seek for challenge at work. This is a driving force for many to continually experience fun at work. Another factor is the mid life crisis career change. A this point, the individual will take a look at his life and see whether his goals have been achieved, whether or not the life that he has lived is in accordance to how he planned to live his life. It also has a lot to do with age and thinking about retirement. The thought of whether the savings that he has will be enough to sustain him as he age.

      If you feel that you need to change careers and that you are not happy with your current job anymore, think twice before you consider changing careers. With the country facing its current economic challenge, it is far more risky to quit your current job and look for another. Before you make any final decision, it will be helpful if you take some break like a week-long vacation or several days of rest. You might realize that the only thing that you need is a week of break.

A resume is a written representation of who you are. Mistakes can be edited any time. On the other hand, job interviews are recorded live. No words can be taken back, nothing can be edited. A good resume is useless without a good job interview. Interviews are opportunities to show off who you are and what you are capable off. However, looking and speaking intelligently are but a few of the many things employers look for in employees. They also look for what you do not do. Here are the following DON’Ts that you should remember:

Don’t be late
Punctuality is very important to any employer. Doing the interview is not the only thing they do. Employers have timed activities. They can only give each applicant at most 3-5 minutes. This time is used for the interview and for the scrutiny of your resume. This means that the time an employer spends waiting for you to show up is considered unproductive use of time. It shows them you do not manage your time well. Sometimes applicants think that employers don’t mind tardiness as long as they can make up for it with their charm and potential. In contrary, surveys reported that even being 1 minute late is a drawback. It suggests that you are not very serious in winning the position. If you really wanted the job, then you would have done your best to show up on time. The most preferred time to come for an interview is at least thirty minutes before your time.

Don’t be rude
Always be good mannered. Do not choose to whom you will show courtesy. As they say, “appearances can be deceiving.” On your way to the interview room, smile and utter some pleasantries. You never know, you may have been with the top executive all along. Besides, if you get hired, you will be working with the people you meet. Also, make sure you abide by the company’s rules. Part of respect is observance of company policy.

Don’t be negative
Be optimistic. Pessimism shows in your facial expressions. It also adds to your tension. During the interview, do not entertain negative thoughts. Laugh to yourself. This will allow you to exude with confidence. Don’t mention negative comments about your previous employers. Don’t backbite.

Don’t lie
In an impulse to please, people tend to lie. Never pretend that you know something you don’t. The boss may bring up the topic in the future and you have forgotten what you have mentioned. Be real and truthful. There is nothing wrong in admitting that you do not know everything. In fact, the employer would appreciate it if you are sincere in what you are saying. Remind yourself that you have your resume to back you up. Everything you must say must be congruent with your resume. Honesty is a mark of a person’s integrity. It is irreplaceable. It also makes a lasting impression.

Don’t rush
Watch your words closely. Never talk too fast, to the point your words get incomprehensible. The employer is not impressed if you speak fast enough or answer lengthy. The employer is after how you deliver your point across and how meaningful your answers are. The employer wants to find out if have a good line of thought. Think twice before you say something. This helps eliminate errors.

Don’t use improper mannerisms
Always be cautious of your gestures. Unnecessary mannerisms are distracting. You better be aware of your mannerisms in order to avoid it. Remember that you only have a few minutes to impress. Distractions must be kept to a minimal.  

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