The best way to change careers the fastest is to become an expert at networking. Most of us are only 6 degrees from the person with whom we need to connect. Get out and among people! Do it right. Make Your Contacts Count and watch your career flourish!
Are you one of the 70% of all U.S. employees unhappy at work? Does your job meet your employer’s needs but not yours?
From every career corner, I hear the roar of burned out workers – so many people want to quit but not sure how. Can you relate?
Before walking out, speak up. Perhaps your boss could help – is he really that bad? Of course, there was a Gallup poll done that showed 75% of employees left because of their manager, not the job. BUT, "career development is a whole new topic in the boardrooms aroung the country." (Take This Job and Love It!).
Don’t quit on whim. Weigh the pros and cons carefully. Know what you want to do and where you want to go. Planning is the key for your choosing the career instead of letting the career choosing you.
Many of us go through life working a job we really don’t like because we just kind of fell into it. Does that sound like you?
I know it was true for me for the first 12 years of my work life. Once I realized I wasn’t happy, it took me 3 years to figure out what I really wanted to do – and then get it! Luckily, I was able to identify my true calling and discover how to work my passion. Of course, if I’d had a career coach, it wouldn’t have taken nearly as long.
Picking a Career isn’t easy anytime, but when you take charge and invest the time and resources into choosing your career instead of letting it choose you, you will find more joy in your work. Take a look at 20 questions to ask before making a leap.
Ready for a career change? It takes a fire in your gut and a clear focus to make it happen. Closely consider a career change – review the necessary steps, get a coach to support you, then jump in!
New tool for job seekers: a blog! If a resume can’t get the interview, will a blog do the job?
I’m not so sure it will atract HR, but anything that may get you noticed is worth a shot. Jump Start Your Career With a Blog presents the pros and cons, and gives a few tips on getting into this newest Internet craze.
What do you think? Let me know.
Looks like a trend going on – people changing careers to help other people. What’s important about that? How about you – what do you most want to do? Take a look at how some made their dreams real and found ways to work their passions even if it meant going Back to School.
What happens when you’re over 50, have no degree and get laid off from a $198K per year job? Out of work 5 years with no access to free job search assistance, you live off your savings and wonder if you will ever work again. Read how a 59-year old man discovered a new career path with a Career Change Out of the Blue.
According to a December 2003 survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 38% of the directors, managers, supervisors and team leaders polled said that they were likely to change jobs in 2004. (Did that happen?)
"Warm chair attrition" is affecting Corporate America, said Joyce Gioia, co-author of the bestselling book on employment trends, "Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People." She added that 30-40% of the workforce is unhappy at work and only waiting for the first opportunity to "jump ship."
ExecuNet, an online career management and recruiting resource center for executives and recruiters, publishes an annual "Executive Job Market Intelligence" report based on January surveys of about 1000 executives and 150 search professionals.
Its 2004 report stated that despite the anticipated 2004 "hiring growth across the board" predicted by search professionals, "the new realities of the job market will likely require some executives to recreate or reposition themselves. That may mean changing functions or industries," said Dave Opton, CEO and Founder of ExecuNet.
The January 2005 data is being gathered as this is being written. What will the new results look like? If you join ExecuNet, you can be one of the first to receive the newest report.
Where does all this leave you? If you are an employer, perhaps a bit unsettled at the prospect of a mass exodus from your organization. If you are one of the unhappy-at-work employees, what are you doing to manage your own career? Are you ready to move forward when the opportunity arises, or are you hanging on to outdated skills and experience because you’re too stubborn or afraid to "recreate or reposition" yourself for the new world of work?
It’s a natural human tendency to resist change. However, we are living in a world that is changing so fast that no one can remain immune to its impact. The time for hunkering down has passed. If you don’t embrace change and make it your friend, it will bury you. Take that first step to a happier life!
Bill and Kathy (two of my former clients) found ways to quit the corporate rat race and conquer change with the help of coaching. Read how they did it. (Available for limited time.)
Economy experts say things are improving. Yet, layoffs abound, companies are still closing, whole industries are declining…AND…workdays are becoming longer, benefits are being cut, retirement dreams are crumbling…what can one do to cope?
Maybe you are just plain burned out or no longer interested in the work you do. What would it take to switch careers and find a way to work your passion? How can you shift career gears to create career satisfaction with work/life balance? Total fulfillment?
There is no one perfect answer for everyone. More than anything else, a healthy mindset about the concept of change can do the most to motivate positive action leading to your desired results. How do you view change? Do you fear it, ignore it or embrace it?
By making change your ally, you can grab opportunities and convert them into realities…realities that will create a happier, more rewarding career for you and enhance your overall quality of life.
To develop a positive attitude toward change, consider working with a career coach to help you focus on your goals and create an action plan to attain them. What specifically do you want to change…your career, industry, employer, or way of life? Do you want to explore self-employment possibilities? How do you answer the question – what is most important?
The answer is within your grasp. Just take that first step to define how you want to spend the rest of your life. Create the vision of what you want your life to look like and then make it happen!