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What NOT to do during a
Are you in a career crisis? Wait!
Read at this article first, take a deep breath and then plan
your next steps properly - you won't regret it.
You've just been laid off or your business
has taken a nosedive. Or you realize you need a change --
fast. Nearly everyone panics and makes at least one of these
mistakes. You're not alone if you've been there!
- Sign up for a resume
Resist the temptation to hire someone who will blast your
resume to a thousand or more prospective employers, especially
if you're beyond entry level. You may actually harm your
own cause, as recipients will wonder, "Why would such
a qualified candidate do this?"
- Sign up for an expensive
"new career" program.
Learn a new career for only five thousand dollars. Get certified
as a communications specialist for three thousand. Learn
the secrets of smart investing for a mere ten thousand dollars.
When you're caught in the middle of a crisis, any of these
options will sound like the answer to your prayers. Take
time to do careful research before investing. Often you
can learn all the skills you need at a local community college
for a few hundred dollars.
- Accept a commission
sales job if you've never sold anything and you even have
trouble giving away a litter of kittens.
My client Griselda called in great excitement. She had posted
her resume to a computerized databank and now she had a
job! Sure, it was straight commission insurance, and she
really didn't understand insurance, but hey -- a job is
a job, right?
Yes! However, don't stop looking. Keep your resume out there.
You may be a millionaire next time we talk, but you may
realize after a week that you're not cut out for sales.
- Rely on an executive
Recruiters work for employers, not clients. When they send
you on a job, you may be the designated "alternative
candidate" rather than the first choice. Recruiters
will fill openings they have.
They will try to match the employers specifications, right
down to the wire. Don't expect them to offer you career
advice unless you're good friends or neighbors.
- Embark on a search for
If you have ample resources, a sabbatical may be a good
investment of time, if you have a plan and a goal.
However, all those books on "Find
the work you love" were written for people who were not
under pressure. Your first priority is to create a safety
net, a buffer against financial and emotional disaster. Once
you're comfortable, begin your search.
When you're adrift at sea, it's easy
to grab for any floating object that appears to be a life
Unfortunately, you may find yourself
clutching a piece of seaweed or a piece of shark with a full
set of teeth. Help will come if you don't panic. And you're
a better survivor than you ever expected.
Goodwin, Ph.D., author of Making the Big Move, helps midlife
professionals navigate career and business transitions.
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