With the job market on the mend, is it time for more senior workers to consider career changes? Here are some tips.
When asked, most American workers say they'd choose a different career if given the chance.
And the truth is, career and job changes have become more commonplace, partly because of the brisk pace of change in the economy.
If you are thinking of hitting the switch, try to separate emotions from the equation.
If you are going through a divorce, for example, the odds are not good that can you be as focused as you'd need to be.
The best time to complete any certifications or coursework you might need to make the change, is while you are still drawing a paycheck. Quitting your job -- forcing a gap in employment -- can be disastrous for your finances.
Consider the potential costs, such as tuition if a new college degree is part of the plan.
Look for leadership opportunities and training classes available within your company that may help reduce these costs, while beefing up your resume for prospective employers.
Make networking a priority, both face to face and using social media tools.