Overwhelmed at work? Have you had it? If you’re ready to take the leap and find a new position or career that brings you more peace, greater control, more work/life balance and exciting learning opportunities here’s 4 tips for making your transition a little easier:

1. Don’t worry about job hopping. A recent article, “Why Job Hoppers Make the Best Employees,” (BNET.com, April 23, 2010) offers some good points about job hopping that can be used to positively frame your moves.

2. Have a Targeted Strategy. Like a safety net, a targeted strategy allows you to evaluate options, calculate risk, and get more of what you want from your move. Identify your next steps and where you want them to take you — to a promotion, more satisfying work, less stress, or a different career all together. A well-developed strategy clarifies the results you want to achieve and how to make it happen.

3. Leave on good terms. Establishing and keeping good relationships with previous employers comes in handy in the future for seeking advice, finding positions, getting the word out, collecting references, and recommendations to promote you and your skill. You may also be able to help your previous employer by recommending someone to fill your spot.

4. If you were unhappy, zip it. Part of maintaining a good relationship includes not bad-mouthing your previous employer when you go on the interview circuit. You never know what a potential interviewer will think of you if you do this and you never know who’s connected to whom. Word could get back to your previous employer and jeopardize the relationship you’ve worked so hard to build.

With a targeted career strategy and defined destination backed up by an excellent reputation and solid relationships, you’ve got a safety net to support you on your journey out of overwhelm and into more career fulfillment.

Have you recently taken a leap? What else is important to consider? I’d love your comments.

Linda Hardenstein, MPA, PCC helps overworked professionals feel relief from the stress of overwhelm, make fulfilling career transitions, and achieve more of what they want by creating unique personal systems and strategies for achieving peak performance.