(This post first appeared on Fortune.com here )
Many people will have the urge to change jobs or careers at some point in their professional life. And I believe the most common reason for change is dissatisfaction–not enough money, growth, or work-life balance. While these are all valid reasons to make a move, I think that a proactive approach to career change will result in more success than a reactive one. Specifically, think about your profession strategically opposed to tactically. This will help you identify where you see yourself in the future, allowing you to actively seek opportunities on an ongoing basis that could advance your objectives, well before you are dissatisfied with your current job.