There are a number of very clear steps people should take to make a career change. Often, they forget one important step that I cover here.

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If you're someone who's interested in doing a career change, there are a number of steps you need to be involved with, in order to make that change, which Ken Coleman puts it very simply-- get clear, get qualified, get connected, get started, get promoted, get your dream job.

Now, the one problem, for those of you who are mid career is that it misses one detail that you're going to need to overcome. And that is, can you afford this? Can you get to the place where you can afford to make this change. And I say that because, by the time we're 30, most of us already have other responsibilities.

We may be married, we may have children, as well. The kids want to eat. Your wife, husband or partner wants to eat too. And your compensation may be a big part of that. You have a home or an apartment that you have to pay for and thus, don't neglect the financial side of this.

Now, it doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. But you may need to do an interim step, where you get close to what you want to be doing. Maybe you're in a role supporting that thing that you want to do. So you start to develop relationships. And that becomes the getting connected part that allows you to serve that function so that, in this way, it's easier to make the transition.

All in all, there's never a reason not to pursue what you want. But you may need to adapt. Now, again, getting clear is one part of this. So I've got Ken's book up here,--From Paycheck to Purpose," where he has that quick summary I read to you on the back.

But you also have to get qualified. The fact that you want to do something doesn't mean someone should hire you, because you want to do it. You have to get qualified for someone to be interested in hiring you. And again, the financial piece is important. Don't neglect it. And if there is someone else in your life-- you know, a wife, husband or partner, the kids-- you've got to involve them in the decision making.

Maybe you do this for a while part time on the side for what you do. That's what I did when I transitioned to coaching. I was a headhunter. I worked enormous hours, I got myself qualified. And then I started doing it on the side while I still did headhunting until I could afford to make the transition.

You figure it out your way, but don't neglect the financial piece. Don't neglect the other people in your life.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. Visit my website, There's a lot there to help you in the blog. You can also schedule time for coaching or a free discovery call, find out about my courses that will help you land your new job. There's just a lot there to help you.

And if this isn't the time for you to go over to the site or, or to spend any time there, what you can do is put the address in your phone. Again, that's and my name, Jeff Altman, so that this way you can return to it at a later date.

Also connect with me on linkedin at Mention that you saw this because I like knowing I'm helping some folks. And once we're connected, your network is going to grow a lot.

Have a terrific day and, most importantly, be great.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes.

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