- Unless you have already figured out what's next, you need to do some soul searching. Robert Stephen Kaplan in his best-selling book, "What You're Really Meant to Do," advises readers to find a role that allows them to utilize their strengths instead of trying to hide their weaknesses in a job that isn't right for them. By the way, Kaplan successfully transitioned from Goldman Sachs vice chairman to Harvard Business professor. According to Kaplan, if you don't like what you're doing now, you automatically limit your possibility for growth and advancement.
- Making that transition may mean additional education, but you may not have to go for a four-year degree. Some specialties can be learned by achieving a certification or training. That kind of work can be done at a community college or online. Remember, in some fields getting a full-blown degree can be considered a bad thing, like computer programming. If you're not sure what field your skills might translate best, check out careeronestop.org and onetcenter.org.
- Learn the new rules of the job search. The traditional CV just isn't as important as it used to be. According to Anita Attridge, a Five O'Clock Club career coach, 80-percent of new jobs come from networking and direct contact. Companies receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applications for the average professional job. Standing out in a pile that big is difficult. Worse, if you're searching using one of the many online job sites, your resume may never be read by a human. Companies increasingly use computer programs to reduce sky-high resume piles, trolling for key words or phrases that they think the best candidates would include. Bottom line, expanding your network and talking to friends and family is key to landing a new gig.
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