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By: Ann Baehr

Are you listening to that little voice in your head telling you how much you dislike your job? If not, you may
become angry with those around you, when in fact, you'll be angry at yourself for failing to taking the
necessary steps to change your career -- or job within the same industry. Career change is not always
easy. For some, the simple task of deciding what to do is often the hardest part. For others who know
what they want to do, they often feel it will take too long to achieve their career goals when there are bills
to pay.

It is even more difficult when those around us do not understand our "crazy ideas" because they are too
practical to make sacrifices for the sake of happiness. So what should you do to steer your career in the
right direction without upsetting the family and draining your bank account? Here are a few suggestions to
get you on the right career track to job fulfillment.

Work for yourself
Don't quit your day job just yet. Launching a business is a challenge in itself. Regardless of size, any
worthwhile business takes a lot of planning, development, and maintenance to compete and stay in
business. The key to successful business ownership begins with a passion to do something you enjoy,
followed by a financial investment that depends on the business. Sometimes it is minimal, requiring a
small space and general office equipment. For larger ventures, a business loan from a bank or the SBA
might be necessary. Still, it takes time to turn a profit right away. So, if you can, start small while working
full time and gradually build your business until you feel secure enough financially to leave that steady
paycheck to take your business to the next level. You can always hire part-time employees, student
interns, friends, and family members to help you in the beginning and in the long run.

Attend college or vocational training school
You don't always need to attend college full time. If you took a few classes each semester, you'd be
amazed how happy you'd be just knowing you are working towards your goal. And, it doesn't always need
to be a four-year college. Maybe there is a vocational school that offers the type of academic training you
need to make a career change in a shorter period of time for a fraction of the cost. Other options include
distance learning programs where you can study in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

Change jobs internally
Sometimes happiness is only a department away! If you work for a proactive company that posts job
openings internally, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to change careers while growing with the
same company. Your career change can be very drastic if you have a supportive company that is willing
to train you. Best of all, they might even pay for you to attend college to prepare you for that career
change. If they don't post internally, keep your ears open to learn about new business developments within
the company. Speak with your human resources representative to inquire about career growth
opportunities and what you need to do to make a career change internally.

Create a position at your current company
Sometimes you know better than anyone in the company what is needed. If you can put a business plan
together to present to management illustrating how this new idea would benefit the company financially
and logistically, you might succeed at creating a new position--or even a new department! This is a great
way to do what you do best in a new capacity because you will be the person who will determine what the
job description will be. Pretty cool!

Transition to a new career by answering a classified ad
Again, don't quit your job just yet. You are always more marketable when you have a job. If you are ready
to take drastic measures to find overnight career happiness, you should have your resume and cover
letter professionally prepared to answer those classified ads in the newspaper or online.
Even if you are just exploring the possibility of changing careers, this is a good exercise to see how
marketable you are (how much money you can make), develop your interviewing skills, and to learn about what's
out there beyond the walls of your office cubicle!

Go back to what you used to do--and love
Sounds crazy right? How many times have you heard someone say, "I used to work doing such and such.
It didn't pay that well, but I loved it." It is not uncommon to leave what we love because it doesn't pay the
bills. Money seems like everything these days. But, when we're unhappy, we know it's really not. We
need to find a compromise--something we enjoy doing that will make us want to get up every morning so
we can live that old adage that claims you'll never work a day in your life if you work at doing what you

About the author:
Ann Baehr is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and President of Best Resumes of New York. Notable credentials include her role as former Second Vice President of the National Resume Writers' Association and published contributor to over twenty resume and cover letter books by McGraw-Hill, Jist Publishers, and Adams Media. To learn more, visit Best Resumes of New York at

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