NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Are you ready to make a career change? Here are five questions to ask yourself before you quit your day job.
1. What do I want to be doing, and what am I good at?
Before you make a move, ask yourself, "Is it possible for me to do what I want to do in my current situation?" If the answer is "absolutely not," you should start looking for other opportunities, says Jesse Siegal, senior managing director of The Execu|Search Group, a professional recruitment and staffing firm.
"At that point you need to start looking at the nitty-gritty of it. What skills do you need to obtain, and what skills do you already have that will help you make the transition?" he asks.
If you're not sure where you excel, ask a close friend, partner or a trusted peer "What do you think I'm best at?," suggests Pete Davis, founder and CEO of HR consultancy and recruitment firm Impact Management Services.
"What kinds of projects have you done well on, that helped to move the needle forward? What kind of projects do you love to work on, and could envision yourself doing whether or not you're getting the pay and benefits for it?" Davis says. "Take time to yourself to reflect — on your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and biggest accomplishments."
2. Am I fulfilled in my current position?
When you are no longer challenged in your position, or when your every-morning attitude is one of, "Oh god, I have to go to work today" instead of "I get to go to work today," that's an indication it's time to make a change, says Jodi Chavez, senior vice president at recruitment firm Accounting Principals.