career change

Five Ways To Uncover Alternative Careers Suitable For You

– Posted in: career change

Several of my Forbes posts in July focused on alternative careers, whether it’s a later stage career change, like Karen Rittenhouse who turned from furniture sales to real estate buying or freelance writer Nancy Monson who discovered her alternative career when moonlighting. Franchising or moonlighting are just two options for discovering alternative careers. Here are [...]

Career Change? Four Mistakes To Avoid When You Tell Your Story To Employers And Recruiters

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If you’re attempting a career change -- from one industry to another, from one functional role to another, from a sabbatical or family leave to getting back to work – you will be telling employers, recruiters, and others in your network your STORY. You are often asked for a general story: Tell me about yourself. [...]

Five Ways To Manage Fear When You Stretch Outside Your Comfort Zone

– Posted in: career change, motivation, time management

I thought about writing about growth, since it’s spring, and growth is something that happens when you stretch outside your comfort zone. (I did write about growth for the 4/16 issue of the newsletter in case you missed that one!) But the flip side of the positive growth that comes when you stretch outside your [...]

How Do You Convince An Employer To Give You A Chance When You Are Changing Careers – Reader Question

– Posted in: career change, marketing yourself, reader question

Rutendo asks: I am a Medical Doctor, trained and currently working [outside the US]. I want to make a move into Clinical Research, and I do have related experience when I was working in one of our teaching hospitals. We’d have several studies running concurrently, so in between admitting patients and so forth, we had [...]

Changing Careers Is Different From Just Changing Jobs: 10 Marketing Tips For Career Changers

– Posted in: career change, marketing yourself

I created a series of Tweets based on my latest book, Jump Ship: 10 Steps To Starting A New Career (2015, Forbes Media), and the finished list of Tweets serve as good reminders of how to navigate a career change. Here are 10 relating to how to effectively market yourself to prospective employers: Identifying your [...]

How To Get The Experience Employers Are Looking For When You Are Changing Careers

– Posted in: Blog Talk Radio Show, career change

Ruby asks: What’s the best way to gain the experience and exposure employers are looking for when you are changing careers and you don’t have the experience? Remember, experience doesn't have to mean paid, full-time experience. Think volunteer, freelance/ consulting, even cross-functional experience within your existing employer. Don't forget the knowledge and expertise that comes [...]

Career Change Through Entrepreneurship: Pharmaceutical Executive Enters The Doughnut Business

– Posted in: career change, entrepreneurship

It sounds like the set up to a joke (an accountant opens a doughnut shop…) but it’s actually a career change success story: Mark Prygocki went from Big Four accountant to President of a medical cosmetics company to franchisee owner of five Fractured Prune Doughnuts Arizona locations.  After 21 years in corporate, Mark made the [...]