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If you're looking for work and aren'thaving much luck in your current field, it's tempting to decide now isthe time for a career change.


  But although it's always good to be flexible, it's also important to be realistic.


  "There's a bigger pool of more highlyqualified people who are willing to work for less money" in a downturn,says Richard Phillips, owner of Advantage Career Solutions.

  Advantage Career Solutions公司的老总Richard Phillips说:"在经济低迷时期有大批比你更有资历的人愿意以更低的薪水接受工作。"

  Experts such as Phillips offer these four tips for ensuring a career change will work -- before you make the leap:


  1.Do your homework.


  Make sure you don't jump from one sinking industry to another. Ask, "is this a growth area?"


  You can start your research online,with government publications such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics'Occupational Outlook Handbook.


  Also look at whether a particular specialty within your potential new field is in demand. For example,perhaps school districts in your area aren't hiring many elementary school teachers, but they do need specialized teachers.


  2.Talk to people


  Before you make a change, you need to find out "what the career and job really involve -- not your fantasy.


  For example, many careers, ranging from interior design to financial planning, may involve selling your services in addition to performing them. Or you may be enticed by thehigh average salary of your dream job, only to find that it's a fieldwhere a few people make a lot and most people make very little.


  To get the real story, talk to people who work in the field you're targeting. You can find them through your college alumni association, professional associations, and schools withprograms in the field.


  3.Assess your experience.


  The lowest-risk decision for a hiringmanager is to choose someone who has done the job before. So if you tryto compete in a new field, you'll be at a disadvantage.


  "It's just hard to sell yourself when you don't have any experience, or the experience that you do have is acomplete disconnect," Philips says. "You can't make your past notexist."


  This doesn't mean it's impossible tochange careers. But you may need to find a substitute for the experience you lack. One way to do this: networking.


  "Does somebody know you from a former company?" Fireman asks. People are much more likely to take a risk onsomeone they have worked with in the past, even if it was in adifferent job. Volunteer experience can also help, Fireman said.


  4.Build a bridge.


  Not all career changes are equally difficult. The hardest is to move to a field where none of your previous experience is relevant. Often, though, you can find a way tobuild on your previous experience while doing something new.


  Consider staying in your industry butmoving to a new role so you can play up your industry knowledge. Or you could keep working in finance, for example, but for a biotech company instead of a publisher. In that case, you can show that you have already done the job, even if the industry is new.