Career Crossroads E-Book

Navigating a job change Searching for a new job is an excellent opportunity to evaluate the direction of your career. As you begin the process, think about the direction that you would like your career to go. Were you happy with your former position? Did you enjoy the industry you were working in? If so, hone your search efforts accordingly and look for opportunities to help continue your professional growth. If not, make a list of industries or positions that might be a better fit for you. When faced with a career crossroad, it is important to carefully consider both the benefits and challenges associated with changing careers, as well as to realistically assess your ability to make a change. If the benefits outweigh the challenges, research the necessary steps, and move forward toward a new, more fulfilling career. Whether you are staying in your current field or making a drastic change, it’s important to make a job search plan. The following tips can help to organize your job search efforts into small, manageable steps. n  Make finding a job a full-time job.

n  List your positives. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself, including skills, personality traits, accomplishments, and successes. Write down projects you’re proud of, situations where you excelled, and things you’re good at. Revisit this list often to remind yourself of your strengths. n  Who do you know? Many job opportunities are never advertised. Instead, they stem from personal connections. As the first task in your job search, many human resources professionals recommend making a list of everyone you know, how you are acquainted with them, and how they may be able to assist with your job search.

When you no longer have a job to report to every day, you can easily lose motivation. Treat your job search like a regular job, with a daily “start” and “end” time. Following a set schedule will help you be more efficient and productive. Set aside daily “office hours” to allow you time to regularly search job postings, research companies, and pursue opportunities. n  Update your resume. Update your resume to thoroughly reflect your work experience. Your resume should provide a prospective employer with a summary of your background and highlight your abilities, so focus more on the results you achieved rather than the specific tasks you performed.

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