7 Tips for Going Through a Career Transition – While Remaining Optimistic

Seek support and/or training – It’s always better to go through a job search having the support of others. You won’t feel so alone and you will get lots of terrific information and advice. If you want to take your career in a new direction, investigate to see if more training is needed.

Set goals – Know what specific direction you want to go and chart a path for getting there.

Create a plan and work your plan – List all the steps you need to take to go from where you are to where you want to go. Also, list those whose help you will need along the way.

Set and hold daily “Work Hours” – Set specific time aside each day, or each week, to work on your job search. Make sure to track your progress and follow up when necessary.

Take inventory of your skill set, and investigate any job you consider interesting, that would use that skill set – Often times you will have to change industries, if not careers, so you need to know what other types of work you can do, and feel confident of the value you would bring to that position.

Leverage your job search tasks – Make sure the way you spend your time brings optimum results, no matter how much time you devote to your job search each week. Use job boards, but also research companies, network in person, network on the Internet, attend Job Fairs, and set up informational interviews.

Take time to care for yourself – As you know, being out of work and conducting a job search can be very stressful. Take time for yourself. Go for a walk, read, enjoy family and friends, soak in a tub – anything you enjoy that relieves stress for you. Also, give yourself rewards along the way – when you accomplish big and little successes.

I welcome your comments regarding this topic. Also – feel free to ask any questions you might have and I’ll be happy to address them in future blog postings. That way, I can address your needs, and make sure you get relevant information on what matters most to you!

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