What Career is Right For Me?
You have just lost your job after several years and you are not sure what to do next. You are worried that your career is over especially since there is so much unemployment these days. The good news is that this could be great time to make a career change because you will have time to find something you really want. One of the first things to do is to take some time to assess where you are now and what you want to do next. This is not a time to sit and feel depressed but i t is a time to take some time off. This is the time to relax awhile and clear your mind of the loss. After a job loss you can usually file for unemployment. Although this will not be all of your salary, it can be a help when you are first starting out and it can be part of your strategy. Once you have taken time to relax and get your head clear here are some strategies to help through your career change transition: * Realize you are in transition. Instead of thinking that you have lost your job understand that this is just another transition in your life. With the economy the way it is, many people are also in transition. This can be the best time to find a job. * Get career counseling. Check with the local college's job center because they usually have services for people who are going through career change. They often have free or low cost career testing that can also give you fresh ideas. * Research your new career choices. Now that you have career tests in hand you can begin to explore new ideas. You never know when you will find something that you never thought would be of interest. * Revitalize your resume. Instead of using the tired old resume that you have used in the past, work with a qualified career coach who can help you design a resume that works more effectively for the job that you want. You need a fresh approach from someone who is skilled at career change and who can help you establish yourself in a different way. * Upgrade your skills. This is an excellent time to upgrade your skills. If you are an older worker check with the local community college because you can sometimes take free classes. When you are going through a career change taking a class can help you generate ideas for your next career. * Keep a positive and upbeat attitude. Never look at your job loss as something negative. Instead of a closing, this could be an opening to a career change into something you have always wanted to do. Finally, when you are going through a career change it is a good idea to check with your old network of friends and family or to get reconnected. You never know who will be helpful in connecting you to the next career that is right for you.