14 percent.

That's the percentage of U.S. workers who, according to a Harris poll, believe they have the perfect job. 

If you find yourself in the remaining 86 percent (the less-than-totally-satisfied group), perhaps you may be interested in finding a new career path. You wouldn't be alone, of course -- the same poll indicates that more than half of U.S. workers want to switch things up and change careers.

However, not everyone who wants to change careers will actually make the decision to do so. But if you're someone who follows through with what they say, here are 8 things you should do immediately after deciding you want a career switch.

1. Assess your funds.

If you don't know what career lane you are moving to next, do know that the journey to figuring this out will take some time. Consider what your finances will look like if you ever find yourself with unstable employment options. Some experts say that you should have at least six months' salary socked away for a rainy day.

2. Get back into learning.

Maybe your current position doesn't challenge you. If this is true, it has probably been some time since the last time you learned new things and expanded your skill set. Practice learning again by taking a class or getting started on a new hobby. Your new career will likely require that you learn a lot on the job.

3. Do your research.

Study up on the positions that look attractive to you, don't just daydream about them. Figure out what you want and what you don't want. The more information you can acquire, the better decisions you can make about where you want to go professionally.

4. Don't stop networking.

Make new connections in different industries, join professional organizations, and realize that even a simple coffee meeting can bring you more than just insight into someone else's professional life -- it could even bring you a job.

5. Open your mind.

Seek out new experiences, spend time with different types of people, and consider new resources, like hiring a life coach. You want forward movement, not inertia, and new people and experiences will get you to where you need to be.

6. Look for "better."

Finding the "perfect" job after switching out of an old one will be near impossible. In fact, eliminate the idea of perfection completely -- it will be more productive to simply identify what characteristics of a new job will be better than what you do currently.

7. Have the right mindset.

Although your current position may need a change, don't let past negative experiences affect how you approach future opportunities.  

8. Remember to take your time.

Don't rush into the first position you find. After all, you wouldn't want to fall into another job that you really don't like. And remember: rejection, although demoralizing, is just part of your journey. Enjoy the ride to your new career.

Published on: Aug 25, 2018
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