June 25, 2018

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Mid-Life Crisis: Changing Careers Mid-Stream

You’re 40 something. You’re underemployed, or worse unemployed, you’re tired of the daily grind, you’re bored (or frightened) and you’re wondering where your future went.

Join the club.

Massive layoffs across the US industrial sector mean you’re far from alone. Millions of white- and blue-collar workers are rethinking their career paths. Maybe you should, too.

So, now you’re rethinking your career path … but, now what?

List of 5 Steps to Changing Careers

  1. Build on What You Know

    You have experience and that’s valuable. To walk away from 15 years in marketing to become a goat herder is not a good career move. Build on what you know. Examples:

    An auto engineer picks up a temporary teaching certificate after a three-month crash course in principles of education and becomes a high school CAD instructor. It doesn’t pay as much, but the intangible rewards more than offset the smaller paycheck.

    A real estate agent, tired of the late-night phone calls and 60-hour work weeks, starts flipping properties on the side. She knows the market, the inspectors, the contractors, the lenders – she’s plugged into the local real estate grid from the top down. So, she takes what she knows (of immense value) and starts her own property management company buying, selling and renting properties.

    A CPA becomes Director of Development for a local non-profit, a pediatric nurse takes the helm at a drop-off kid care franchise – you get the idea. Build on what you’ve got.

  2. Make a Critical Self-Assessment

    Sit down with a nice cup of cocoa and make a list of your professional career knowledge, skills, and personal attributes (the list is intended for a phone interview,however, it provides a solid list to start with) that could be leveraged in a new career. You’ll be surprised at the extent of your skill set.

    Your list should include proficiency using computer software programs (these are transportable skills required on almost every job), special training and knowledge acquired on-the-job.

    Now, here’s where the cocoa comes in. Make a second list of your

    professional shortcomings. If you think a hard drive is the evening

    commute, it’s time to go back to school.

  3. Go Back to School

    Probably not what you were expecting to be doing at this stage of your

    life, right? But, adult education, the local community college, technical

    schools, four-year universities, workshops and seminars are all great

    places to develop new skills and update old ones. Get the certificate,

    license, the degree or the credentials you need to start down your new

    career path.

  4. Study the Job Market

    What’s hot and what’s not? Well, the IT sector seems to be hot again

    while manufacturing is in free fall. There’s unprecedented demand for

    health care providers and educators at all levels.

    Go through the classifieds to see what’s hot in your region. Or, maybe

    you’re willing to relocate. That’ll expand your options!

  5. The Absolute Worst Thing You Can Do

    Don’t quit without a plan of action. That’s walking the tightrope without a net. If at all possible, give your notice, clean out your desk and move on to the rest of your life starting first thing Monday morning.

Now, if you’re ‘in between positions’ (read unemployed), you’re walking that tightrope without a net anyway!

In this case, the key is to find a job – any job to keep the creditors at

bay. Build on your skill set by designing a resume, cover letter and

thank-you letter that demonstrate how your skills translate to this new

position, business or industry. If you need more help, learn more on

Choosing a Career Path.

And if you don’t know how to best position those skills on your paper

introduction to potential employers, hire someone who does. Using a

professional resume prep service is one of the best investments in a

brighter future you’ll ever make.

- Teena Rose

Teena Rose is a highly endorsed, highly referred resume writer with

Resume to Referral. You can reach her at (937) 325-2149 or via her website. Teena providesdaily job alerts — which many of her clients love! Also, act quickly to get a free copy of her book, Get Job Leads Fast Using

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