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It's About You and Your Job - Evolve, Change, Adapt...How?

Thinking of Changing Jobs? You're not alone. CareerWomen.com polled site visitors and found that sixty-four percent of women who responded had made a change mid-way through their career. Need some advice on how to get started?

CareerWomen.com offers five tips for job change readiness:

1. Review, update and re-write your resume every year.

Having a current resume on hand will allow you to quickly respond to opportunities as they present themselves. Consider creating several resumes for a variety of career directions that can be posted in an online database for easy retrieval and sending.

2. Look inside as well as outside.

Consider an internal job change if your current position is not meeting your career expectations. Leaving your current employer may not always be the best decision, especially during high unemployment phases. One survey respondent suggests, "be flexible, look for opportunity and constantly broaden your horizons."

3. Consider challenge and service as criteria.

When evaluating new career opportunities, women report being inspired by challenge and service in addition to compensation. Investigate how a new position will allow opportunities for additional career challenges as well as possibilities to better serve customers, community or the corporation.

4. Find mentors -- one from Mars and another from Venus.

Advice from the right mentor can help you locate and manage opportunities. CareerWomen.com viewers report that a male mentor can coach negotiation skills as well as offer networking and advancement opportunities, while a female mentor can offer informal fellowship, guidance within the corporation, motivation and encouragement.

5. Plan for a smooth transition.

If you do find a new position, make the transition seamless for your current employer. Clean up messes; offer to train your replacement, be available for questions after your departure and thank your current employer for the experience. Leaving on a positive note will only enhance your future career options.

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