Most people change jobs at least once in their lives. Some lose them voluntarily and others involuntarily. Losing a job can be quite stressful. Take steps to prepare for a career or job change.
- Why do I want to change jobs? (Example: Job loss? Too much stress? Poor working conditions? No room for growth?)
- Can my needs be met by moving to another position in the company?
- Are there job openings for a job I am considering?
- How will my current skills transfer to a new job?
- Will I need any additional training to get a new job?
- Is my resume up-to-date?
- Will my health benefits be affected if I move to a different company?
- Am I ready to interview for a job?
If your answers lead you to the same conclusion, you may want to start exploring other occupations.
Before changing jobs, find out your abilities. Use your Transferable Skills List
to match your skills to new employment options.
Use the tools on Illinois workNet to prepare for a career or job change. Start exploring your options. Identify the skills you have and the skills you will need.
- Find out your skills and interests.
- Update your resume and portfolio.
- Learn how skills relate to occupations. Learn how skill levels are measured.
- Use your skill set and identify occupations to explore.
Read about job transition advice, and ask around to see if anyone you know has been in a similar situation.
Learn about your rights as a dislocated worker. There is help available if you are losing your job because the employer is closing the business or down-sizing. Follow the steps on the Laid Off Worker Assistance
pages to achieve your re-employment goals.
Mature workers make great employees. Your experience can make you more attractive to employers.
Improve your chances of finding (and keeping) a job:
- Upgrade your skills, especially computer skills
- Take advantage of training opportunities
- Accept new job challenges
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
It is a big decision to leave the military and pursue a civilian career. Don't limit your civilian job choices to results from a military skills translator. Follow the steps on the Veterans Guide
pages to achieve your re-employment goals. And be sure to review other resources for veterans in the box above as you prepare for a job.