Networking Like Santa Claus

Not happy in your current job? Thinking about making a career change? Dynamic lifestyles and an uncertain economy are just two of many reasons to consider a new occupation, or even an entirely different field than the one you’re in now. Trust me; as a career counselor who has helped many people reinvent themselves professionally, I can assure you that you’re not alone!

Have the major breadwinner move and keep the family in place. This way, the rest of the family can retain some degree of normality, the children can stay in the same schools and there isn’t any culture or geographic shock caused by moving to another area, to say nothing of the hassle of moving. Perhaps driving 3-4 hours may produce some better opportunities or even commuting back and forth on weekends from greater distances. It’s obviously not ideal, but as things improve in your home area, you can keep looking for something closer. If the new more distant job turns out to be a winner, you can move in an organized manner later to something better.

Ask your now former employer to pay for what is outplacement support. They may already have something available to you, but if not, it’s not too much to ask, and you’ll want all the help you can get. An outplacement service can help you to develop a good resume, improve your interview skills, etc.

In a word: yes. A successful outplacement supports in the direction of meaningful work that also meets your financial needs and obligations is within reach. What this requires is the desire, belief and commitment to start the journey. If you think of outplacement supports as a planning process, much in the same way you plan a trip, you’ll soon realize there are things you already know how to do to be successful. Let’s explore this idea further.

Be patient. A career change will take as long as it takes period. Small steps taken today will lead to big results tomorrow. Don’t rush the process nor be hasty in expecting results. Be patient.

Submit resumes and always follow up by phone and email to make sure that the company received them. Don’t just be another sheet of paper in the stack. Get noticed by making personal, voice-to-voice contact.

Next, determine what motivates you. Everyone is different when it comes to motivation. Here are a few common motivators: The first and most obvious is money, possessions, acquisitions, or the success that comes with money. Another motivator is the feeling of accomplishment or recognition, respect, admiration, or notoriety. This could even be to the level of becoming a celebrity.

So go check out your local workforce development center. Call a professional resume writer. Find your local job seekers networking events. Check into your local professional networking meetings. Buy yourself a new suit. But by all means, do not just sit in front of the TV waiting for a miracle.

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