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Navigating a Job Change with Confidence: 5 Best Ways to Handle Stress and Embrace the Excitement

Let's face it: Changing jobs can be both exciting and challenging. This major change or the feelings leading up to the job shift usually cause stress and fear.

Here are five best ways to manage and move to a job change successfully:


Clarify Your Goals and Motivations:

Clearly define your career goals and motivations for changing jobs. Understand what you are seeking in your new role, whether it's career advancement, a better work-life balance, a change of industry, or skill development. This clarity will guide your job search and decision-making process.

Conduct a Skills Assessment:

Assess your skills, strengths, and areas for development. Identify the skills you've gained in your current job that are transferable to new roles. This self-awareness will help you communicate your value to potential employers and target opportunities aligned with your capabilities.

Build a Strong Professional Network:

Leverage your professional network to explore job opportunities. Inform colleagues, mentors, and industry contacts about your job search. Attend networking events, connect on professional platforms like LinkedIn, and consider informational interviews to expand your network and gain insights into potential employers or industries.

Update Your Resume and Online Presence:

Revise your resume to highlight your most relevant skills and accomplishments. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and aligned with your resume. A well-crafted resume and online presence are critical for making a positive impression on potential employers and recruiters.

Prepare for Interviews:

Practice your interview skills and be ready to articulate your professional story, accomplishments, and why you are seeking a new opportunity. Research potential employers, understand their company culture, and be prepared to ask thoughtful questions during interviews. Tailor your responses to showcase how your skills align with the needs of the new role.

Additionally, consider these practical steps:


Save Financially:

If possible, have some financial cushion before making a job change. This can help ease the transition period and provide a sense of security as you explore new opportunities.

Negotiate Effectively:

Be prepared to negotiate salary, benefits, and other terms of employment. Research industry standards, and be clear about your expectations and requirements.

Stay Positive and Resilient:

Job changes can be accompanied by uncertainties and challenges. Stay positive, maintain a resilient mindset, and view setbacks as opportunities for growth. This attitude will help you navigate the transition more effectively.

Understand the Process of Change:

Change itself can cause major stress. It's important to understand the best ways to actually process change. The award-winning, bestseller, The Change Guidebook offers ten factors to help you navigate and process change. It's also a master class, so you'll have a handy, new certification to accompany you to your new job!

Remember, changing jobs is a process that requires careful planning and thoughtful consideration. By taking these steps, you can increase your chances of finding a new role that aligns with your career goals and enhances your overall job satisfaction.

About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

In 2008, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino closed the door to her office to think about her life.

When she opened it, she walked out, leaving behind an almost two-decade career in the financial services industry in order to open the doors for the Best Ever You Network. Today, Best Ever You is a multimedia brand and platform with millions of fans and followers around the world.  Elizabeth is a tireless champion of others and believes in the need for the individual light within to raise the collaborative power of us and we. Today, Elizabeth is a writer, master coach, and speaker focused on change, success, gratitude and helping people be their best. She is the author of the bestselling and five-time award-winning book, The Change Guidebook: How to Align Your Heart, Truths, and Energy to Find Success in All Areas of Your Life and The Success Guidebook - How to Visualize, Actualize, and Amplify You.

Elizabeth is also a frequent speaker, and her work has been featured in places like Good Housekeeping, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Thrive, Medium, and more. Her popular “Elizabeth’s Best” e-mail newsletter is sent out each week to thousands of subscribers. Elizabeth and her husband Peter have been married for more than twenty-five years and have four adult sons, three rescued cats, and two dogs. They can often be found in their gardens, in the pool, raking leaves, or, depending on the season, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  You can learn more and sign up for the e-newsletter at and by visiting


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