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Pivoting Careers - the do's and don't of changing jobs.

Your bank account is dwindling, you're unsure if you'll be able to pay rent, you've applied to countless jobs to escape your current workplace but haven't heard back and the list goes on and on. It feels like you are trapped in a hole you can't force yourself out of. If that's how you feel, you are not the first or last person to feel this way and more importantly you are not alone. It is possible to find something the lifts you upward and onward to better things, and that is where the challenge is - finding "something".

If you're reading - it's because you might currently find ourself in the situation I described or you resonate with something I said, and if you read on maybe one of the tips below will help you through!

Tip #1 - The Process of elimination (Yes or No)

My first piece of advice would be to use the process of elimination by asking yourself simple questions to help you narrow down your reasons for wanting to change jobs. The questions can as simple or as complex as you:

Do I like to go into the office? - Yes or No

Do I want more remote days? - Yes or No

Do I enjoy spending time with my coworkers? Yes or No

I would say keeping these smaller questions simple to yes or no answers can go a long way to help capture a snapshot of how you feel when looking back at the answers to your smaller questions, that essentially help you answer your why.

Once you answer enough of these questions for yourself you can go on and tally or measure the responses whatever way you want. The point is to get a snapshot of how you are feeling and what you want more or less of.

You don’t have to follow this strictly you can make the answers whatever you want, but a good rule to follow is to keep the answers as simple as possible for yourself so you can eliminate reasons for wanting to leave much faster.

Tip #2 - Figure out the When

When you want to switch jobs tends to be treated as an after thought but when thought about strategically it can make a huge difference in landing a new opportunity and staying complacent where we are. If you have working on a skill or a side hustle that has a lot of momentum, then leaving your situation as soon as possible makes sense.

However if you find yourself overwhelmed with emotion and uncertain about your decisions then you are most not likely not ready to make the jump yet - at least willingly. If that's your case, there is no harm in being a little patient with yourself to build some momentum to then leverage the opportunities that come your way!

So my advice would be to figure out how long you'll need to build this momentum and use it to give yourself a rough understanding of the timeline you are working with.

"Opportunities don't happen, you create them." – Chris Grosser

Tip #3 - What skills do you want to practice daily?

Once you figure out your reasons for wanting to change jobs and have a rough timeline of when you want to make this happen, I would highly advice you to think about the skills you want to keep practicing in your new job!

Believe it or not - your job is the number one place to build, refine, and improve your skills, you're spending 8 hours a day, for 5 days a week doing the same repetitive work. This makes it the perfect place to maximize the feedback loop you'll be getting about the quality of your work.

So it's important for you to figure out the skills you want to develop because eventually that development can become fun and make your work substantially more enjoyable than if you picked a skill that you are not necessarily interested in improving.

Tip #4 - Apply & connect with the industry

My last and final piece of advice would be to start connecting with people in the industry and companies that you would potentially be interested in working in. This is likely the most intimidating part of the process because feelings of imposter syndrome and anxiety kick but more often than not people are willing to connect and help you out!

If you want to learn about how to reach out to people on platforms like LinkedIn or cold emailing, I have a list of resources and influencers below that do an amazing job at explaining the strategies behind this. I would highly reccomend checking it out for yourself.


Linked by Omar Garriot and Jeremy Schifeling

The Career Change Guide by Rchel Schofield


Don’t Forget to Add a Closing Statement

Don't take my advice to be the end all be all solution to your situation, we all find ourselves in different circumstances and prioritize different things. My list of advice is simply a framework that helped me a couple of years ago pivot from working a job I did not necessarily enjoy to something that was much more fulfilling for myself. I hope of the advice helps you and if you ever learn more please feel free to reach out or subscribe to my newsletter for more upcoming content!

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