Transition is inevitable and in order to do that you will have to make a secondary income and that will happen as many points as your career unfolds. It can be voluntary: You’re driving the decision to make a change. Maybe you’re feeling frustrated or unfulfilled, or you recognize that you’re on the wrong track. Alternatively, and more likely in the current economy, the decision is involuntary. It’s made for you. You’re terminated, fired, made redundant, “RIF-ed”. Whatever the language, the decision is not yours. They’ve taken that power away from you. Or there’s a third scenario, some combination of the two: You see the writing on the wall and it’s telling you to take immediate action.
As a career coach, I’ve partnered with, literally, thousands of clients over the years to support them in managing and making important decisions about their careers. Together, we’ve developed strategies to address virtually every step in this process:
Your first impulse may be to surf the Web for job ads or grab the help-wanted section of the newspaper. But your job search will be more effective if you first take the time to create a plan.
Make a weekly or daily schedule of job search activities. This plan will help you keep on track during your search. Develop your own schedule by committing to at least some of the following activities:
Get help with your job search
• Find and contact your local American Job Center to talk with a counselor and learn what resources are available to help in your search.
• Take assessments to identify your skills, interests, values, or other traits.
• Prepare your resume by a professional, don’t take a risk and do it yourself.
• Get in touch with your networking contacts.
• Attend support groups and job clubs in your area.
• Attend job search training sessions or related training.
Explore career options
• Set up informational interviews as a secondary option if the company isn’t hiring.
• Talk with someone every day about your job search.
• Read professional journals and other career resources.
• Research potential employers by finding out how long they have been in existence and who their chief competitors are.
Search for jobs
• Review electronic job search tools and download the Ultimate Job Search Guide
• Attend job fairs and career fair locally
• Browse online job banks and newspaper job ads and craigslist.