Don't Try Changing Careers Without this Checklist

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So you hate your job. Or maybe you’re just not sure whether you’re on the right career path. A career change can be completely daunting, so here are some tips to help break it down, step by step.

-If you want to change careers but you’re not sure of what you want to do, considering working with a career coach. If you need to dig a little deeper yourself first, check out these 18 personality tests that might help you determine what kinds of career might be the best fit for you.

-Set goals for yourself. If you’re not sure where to start, get caught up on what a SMART goal is — it’ll give you an easy framework to help you manage your ambitions.

-You might need to hone some skills to help you reach your goal, and that’s OK. There are tons of online classes you can take to help you advance your career.

-Begin your job search — and use salary calculators to get a sense of what fair compensation is for the roles you’re considering.

-Make sure your resume is in good shape. If you’re worried yours isn’t, use one of these resume templates to help you craft a new one.

-If you’re feeling entrepreneurial, do your research on how to start a business. No one’s going to tell you it’s easy, but it could be incredible rewarding.

-Whether you’re job searching or opening a business of your own, you need a good elevator pitch. Whether you like it or not, selling yourself is a necessary skill.

-If you need a change of scenery, check out these traveling jobs that’ll let you see the world (and get paid for it).

-If you’re feeling totally lost and discouraged and you just need an easy pick-me-up, check out these 52 work-related quotes to motivate you every week of the year.