We all know how hard it can be to find a job – especially a good one. But if you’ve been thinking about making a career change, now may be the perfect time.

The job market is turning around and some industries and professions are thriving. The trick is to do your homework and make sure that the next move you make has the potential to be your last.

How can you make sure of that? While there are no guarantees in life, here are a few questions you may want to ask:

Can it meet your needs? This should be the first criteria you use to evaluate a potential career. Can it give you the salary and benefits you need to take care of your family and meet all your other financial responsibilities? Does it provide the training and support you need to succeed?

Will you find it fulfilling? Make a list of all the things you want out of a new career and rank them by priority. How many of the top ones does it satisfy: Will you have the opportunity to learn new skills, advance through the ranks, or make a difference in people’s lives?

Is the product or service in demand? Do people need what you plan to offer – and will they continue to need it for the foreseeable future? If you’re hoping for a long and prosperous career, the last thing you want to do is enter a saturated or expiring market.

Is the company financially sound? The recession of ’07 – ‘09 took a toll on a number of companies, and some still have yet to recover. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your future employer is well-capitalized and in a position to survive the next financial crisis as well.

Whether you’re just starting out, or starting over, you may want to consider becoming a Life Insurance Agent. A career in life insurance offers many benefits, including the opportunity to make a significant income, a chance to build your own business, and the ability to have a positive impact on your community.

Best of all, Financial Professionals are in demand. Since the recession, Americans have been reevaluating their priorities and looking for dependable ways to protect their loved ones and assets. As a result, companies like New York Life have seen explosive growth, and are actively hiring Agents and sales managers across the country.

For additional information on the topics discussed, please contact David Hoory CLF LUCTFD, the Managing Partner of New York Life Insurance Company located at the Riverview General Office in Brooklyn. Tel. 718 486 4601 / email: dhoory@ft.newyorklife.com