The Career Coach is In

Reinventing your career

Question:
I am seriously considering "reinventing" myself. I was just laid off and I thought that I might as well do it now. I wonder if I can make a fresh start without having to start over, but how?

Answer:
I am a firm believer that it is NEVER too late. So, the good news is, you can. Here are some tips that I hope will help you:

Inventory Your Passions
Ask yourself (or someone you trust): What do I like about me? What do I do better than anyone else? What do I own or use that makes me unique, whether it's the tone of my voice or my jazz collection or...?

The Value of Values
Discovering what we value can be elusive, especially under the influences of the "shoulds" from society and loved ones. It can help to ask yourself, "What is most important to me--security, freedom, independence, money?

Having Strengths is Not Enough
Know your strengths, yes, AND remind work contacts and networking buddies where you excel. Be visible. How? Listen to and collaborate with others. Share your ideas. If you're working, participate in meetings and accept projects that highlight your skills.

Say "Yes" to Everything
Saying "yes" to all opportunities is a powerful expression of self-confidence. It attracts more (and better) opportunities and choices. You can always change your mind.

Transferable Skills
Instead of starting something entirely new, you can start by building on what you already know and have done. From accountant, try a transition into financial planning; from teacher, try moving into social work; from real estate, maybe consider becoming a tour guide. The same skills that served you in the past can work for you now. 

The Secret to Reinvention
Don't know what to change into? That's okay. The only way to find out is to experiment. Volunteer, job shadow, temp or take part-time work in a field you've always been curious about as a career. The best place to start is to follow whatever you're drawn to. Trust your instincts.

Find Support
You're not alone. There are always others in a similar position as you. This is no time to be isolated. Networking with others via job-hunting groups, small-business groups and manager support networks leads to new opportunities. Letting people know you're looking for work or customers is not begging, it's marketing.

Turn Lemons into Lemon Meringue Pie
If it were impossible to fail, what career would you choose today? Is it what you are doing now? If not, could this transition be the time to make a significant change?

Wishing you all the best!! Go for it!

By

Marshall Brown

 |  September 2, 2010; 6:12 AM ET  |  Category:  Career Change , Career Exploration , Career Management Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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