Every so often we’re hit by the urge to change jobs. Over time the urge matures into a realization that the time is right. But the thought of letting go of a good-paying, secure job is truly scary. The solution to this dilemma is easy to report but tough to carry out. Still, thousands have been in the same situation–torn between staying and leaving. Do your homework before you make any final decisions. Here are some guidelines to help ease the transition. 1. Make a list of everything you’ve got going for you. This includes all your strengths, capabilities and assets. Do NOT focus exclusively on your work history or job descriptions. Do NOT prepare a resume at this point. It’s too limiting. 2. Select a range of organizations that are consistent with your capabilities and interests without considering whether or not they have job openings. 3. Identify the person you would report to if you went to work there. Presumably this is the person who would be making a hiring decision about you. 4. Discover innovative ways to meet informally face-to-face with this person . . . NOT an interview. The best resource for arranging this is to get introduced by people you know . . . friends, neighbors, relatives, religious leaders and fellow members, past and current co-workers and former bosses, former classmates, etc. 5. Meet with these prospective employers in non-interview settings . . . strictly for the purpose of gaining insight into the organization and getting their advice. In that context you can make some intelligent decisions about what’s appropriate for you. It can be a very exciting time when you approach job change in an enlightened way. The secret to success is to explore a range of options. When you do, you will discover that you are qualified for many more opportunities than your resume would allow you to believe. The goods news is that there is available a proven system that can take you through the complete process and have you entertaining one or two job offers in as little as 14 days!