Career Crossroads E-Book

Prospective employers may research you on social media channels during the application and interview processes. Look through all of your social media profiles to ensure that they are “employer-friendly,” or set your profiles to private.

Starting a business When faced with a career change, many people make the decision to follow their dreams and start their own business. Starting a business involves research, planning, making key tax and financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. To help organize your thoughts and determine if this is the right path for you, research the opportunity and assemble a business plan that includes the goal of the business, how it will be set up, the source of any funding, and your plan for attracting and retaining customers. Thoroughly review your plan with a small business consultant and your personal financial team— your attorney, accountant, tax and financial professional—before you move forward.

n  Network strategically. Reach out to people in your professional network and let them know you are searching for a new job. Ask if they are aware of any opportunities that may align with your experience. Keep them up- to-date on your job search efforts, and consider attending networking events to meet new people and learn about new openings. n  Focus on the things you can control. You can’t control how quickly a potential employer calls you back or whether they decide to hire you. Rather than focusing on things that are out of your hands, turn your attention to things you can control, such as writing a great cover letter or setting up meetings with your networking contacts.

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