Is Pursuing Your Dream Career Worth It?

Posted by Michelle Hawley

03:28 PM

How to decide whether you should quit your day job to follow your dreams. [TWEET]

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The short answer is that only you can make such a decision.  You must look at your current career, your financial status, and much more, to decide if this is something you can and should do.  There will be many reasons why you should quit your current job immediately to follow your dream path—such as gaining satisfaction, becoming happier, reducing stress.  But there will also be many reasons for why you shouldn’t pursue your dream job—not enough pay, no available insurance, will have to relocate.  For either decision that you make, sacrifices will have to be made.  You have to decide if those sacrifices will be worth it, in the long run, compared to what you will gain. 

Topics: Changing Careers

What To Do When Your Career Isn't Panning Out

Posted by Michelle Hawley

05:39 PM

Create a plan of action for when your current career just isn’t cutting it. [TWEET]

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You’ve chosen your career path.  You’ve been networking, attending interviews, and may have even landed a position.  You can have a career in your industry and still believe that it isn’t working for you.  There are a variety of reasons to decide that your career path isn’t working out.  The very first thing you need to decide is why it isn’t working.  From there you can decide on the best course of action, whether that be to stick to the path you are currently on or to try to switch to another career.

Topics: Changing Careers

Tips For Redoing Your Resume When Switching Career Paths

Posted by Michelle Hawley

02:59 PM

Fine tune your resume for the job you want, not the job you have.  [TWEET]

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Making a complete career change is very difficult—perhaps, that’s the reason many choose to stick to what they know, instead of finding a career that is more fulfilling or financially stable.  While it has its challenges, it is not impossible to switch careers.  There are several reasons you might be considering changing careers after already establishing yourself in one industry.  Perhaps your dream career was always in another field, and you finally decided to pursue it.  Or your current industry is waning, and you want to find an income that is more reliable and stable.  Maybe you simply decided that you don’t like your job and want to see what other options are out there.  Whatever you chose to do, you will most likely need to revamp your resume.  This can be hard when all of your previous experience is focused on another, different field.  But once again, it is not impossible. 

Topics: Changing Careers

4 warning signs you’re working for the wrong company

Posted by Shawn Hampton

03:00 PM

If your heart’s not in it, why should you be? [TWEET]

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If you are teetering on the proverbial fence about whether or not your current position is the right fit for you, here are four warning signs insinuating that it may be time to take the next step in your career search.  

Topics: Changing Careers, Professional Development

4 Ways Corporate Refugees Can Become Their Own Bosses

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Interested in a progressive career change? Create success on your own terms with these methods.

By Anna Wilds 

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The U.S. Labor Department revealed that the unemployment rate fell in every state in 2015 for the first time in 30 years. The improving economy is making life for the job seeker a bit easier, but returning to the daily grind of a corporate 9 to 5 isn’t necessarily the right career move for every professional.

For many highly-qualified individuals who have been downsized from their previous place of employment, the recovering economy may be the perfect opportunity to begin again as a small business owner.

If you are a corporate refugee and want to explore the option of being your own boss, here are four viable ways to start your career as a small business owner.

Topics: Entrepreneur, Changing Careers, Professional Development

How to Create Inside Connections with Companies You Want to Work For

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:38 PM

Get your foot in the door by making a personal introduction with potential employees. [TWEET]

By Live in the Grey 

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A personal introduction inside an organization is a huge advantage to someone who wants to change careers or begin a new one. In fact, referrals are the number-one source companies use to find outside hires, and over 70 percent of people find jobs through leads from others, according to LinkedIn.

Access to the right people and companies is vital for a successful career change, especially as the marketplace becomes more challenging. A few moments spent connecting people in your network is a powerful act of kindness.

Topics: Working with Recruiters, Changing Careers, Job Search Process

How To Rebuild Your Confidence To Re-Enter The Workplace

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:30 AM

Looking to rebuild your confidence? Check out these tips. [TWEET]  

By Melissa Llarena

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Data Analytics Career Transition 201: How to write a killer resume and ace the interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:00 AM

Craft a resume that will land you an interview in the world of big data, business intelligence and analytics. [TWEET]

By Piyanka Jain

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

5 important factors to consider before working at a startup

Posted by Guest Contributor

11:33 AM

Thinking of jumping ship and joining a startup? Use these tips to help you decide. [TWEET]

By Shindy Chen

These days, it seems like everyone’s jumping on the startup bandwagon. Somewhere along the way, working a corporate job lost its panache to the startup “badge of honor.” Especially if you live in a city with a burgeoning tech scene.

However, not all startups are created equal. Success in the startup world is largely dependent on the founding team’s smarts, skills and drive. And while they’re not for everyone, startups do offer a diverse workplace experience some professionals might prefer over the corporate routine.

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Topics: Changing Careers

6 Steps to Stop Procrastination When Job Hunting

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Stop procrastinating and get back to your job seach with these six tips. [TWEET]

By Yohana Petrovic

You’ve spent the last few months lounging around the house enjoying work-free days. Or maybe you just quit your job and are preparing to transition into something new. Whatever your reasons are for not being employed at the moment, sooner or later you’ll need to find a job.

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Topics: Changing Careers, Job Search Process