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8 Tips For Switching To A Higher Paying Career

Aug 20, 2008
Changing jobs is a challenging process and you have to be prepared to make a new employer believe in you and hire you. To do this, you have to position yourself in the best possible way to move up the corporate ladder.

1. As you may have been in the business world for a long time, you should be well aware about good interview techniques.

The good thing is that you may be already well prepared to face the interviewer; however one small mistake can be detrimental to even the most experienced candidates.

2. Be sure about the reason behind switching jobs. If you are just looking for another job because you don't get along with your boss or colleagues, you are probably making a mistake. Changing jobs suddenly can be very risky, especially when you are doing so for the wrong reasons.

Ask yourself if you are making changes because you need growth and better paying employment opportunities. If the answer is yes, it may be wise to proceed.

3. Emphasize your interest to and commitment towards the job. When changing jobs in the middle of your career, you should take care that you are genuinely interested in doing so and convey that to your employer.

4. If you are looking for a job in a different field, you need to consider your qualifications and skills. Sometimes we like to change the jobs due to lack of interest with our current jobs.

While there is nothing wrong with doing this, you need to make a new employer believe and trust in you and your skills.

5. Skills play a vital role - and every organization looks forward to hiring a results-oriented person. When applying for a new job, try to focus more on your skills and qualifications.

A person with more experience is usually expected to have gained something from their previous employment experiences.

6. Let the interviewer know how your skills have contributed to the development of your previous employer. For example, if you have been successful in formulating a plan for the company that earned them profit in their particular market, then by all means mention it.

7. If you are looking for a higher position in management, you need to be experienced in that industry and aware about the business terms associated with it. This will make the interviewer seriously consider hiring you.

8. If you are switching over from an industry such as marketing to the human resources field, you should make sure you are educated in that field before looking for a new position.

You can take a college course or read books that can will you more knowledge about the field. This will give the impression that you are committed and educated about making the change.

With a bit of groundwork and confidence, you are sure to land a great, more lucrative job.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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