Career Change: It’s Time For A Professional Career Coach


Hey, I know you don’t want doom and gloom but one of us has to ask the hard questions. So, with the housing market in free fall and price inflation taking off, jobs are less secure. Now is the time to spend a few minutes thinking about what you would do if the unthinkable happened to you.

For 18 months I tried. directory, networking like crazy, paying to put a professional resume together – irritated that others were making money off my misfortune. Suffering the ignominy of signing up for unemployment relief. What next? Food stamps? I’d always decried ever being dependent on government for support, desiring to always fully support myself independently. Just a value I inherited early in life. Subsidized health insurance. My wife and I needed it. More parts of the body need attention as one ages.

Because this is a process that usually takes time, I encourage you to start now. Take action while you are feeling more stable, and not reckless or impulsive. If you already are really unhappy and on the verge of desperation, that’s okay too, but there are things you can do right now to help yourself feel better and remain on steady ground with respect to your career. If you’re reading this article, you’re taking the first step… so pat yourself on the back!

Then, jot down your work history. You do not have to write the exact date, rather write only the years. After that, include the education and training like certificates, decrees, night-school classes, correspondence courses, internships, hobbies that widened your job-related skills, and apprenticeships, seminars, and workshops that may make a plus to your new career. Next is to sum up your key points that will aid you in acquiring that job. You are now set to format and assemble your resume.

I work as a volunteer each week with the outplacement firm Group in Brentwood, TN and we have the opportunity to help many in their journey to their next job and/or career. This journey has been longer than anticipated for many in the group, with several taking over 12 months until reaching the summit (finding their job). The summit of Everest is over 29,000 feet and that seems like a long way up. In a similar manner, plan for your search to take longer than you think. By using this type of long-term thinking you will make sounder decisions and also use your supplies and resources wisely.

Well drop the mask – the more people who know, the more support you have. And the sooner you tell them, the more ‘special’ they’ll feel, and so will want to help you more.

I applied these three lessons twenty years ago and I haven’t looked back… including doubling my income every five years. The best decision I made was to marry my college sweetheart who first lit that spark of ambition in me. We have been happily married, with three great daughters, ever since.

Do you have tuition reimbursement or some plan where the company has a payback clause if you leave? Since you’re being laid off, it’s reasonable to ask that they don’t try to take it back.

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