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

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 … [Read more...]

How Do You Convince An Employer To Give You A Chance When You Are Changing Careers – 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 … [Read more...]

10-Day Blog Challenge Day 2: Finding Your Why

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2 which is about Finding Your Why – i.e., why do you want more freedom? My world is all about careers – I coach on career issues, I teach professional development, I write career advice, I recruit (which is … [Read more...]

Career Advice for Starting Over After Age 40 and With No Education

Monet asked: How do you start over with no education at 40? I love getting questions from our newsletter readers because then I know what topics to cover in the blog. So first of all, thank you, Monet! Consider rephrasing the question What immediately caught my attention was how the … [Read more...]

Networking Tips For Career Changers

In last week’s post, I shared Marketing Tips For Career Changers, but given that career changers will get more traction from Networking (so they can directly tell people their story, rather than hanging out a resume and hoping to get a call), this post focuses on Networking For Career Changers, that … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

Want A New Career But Unsure What? Do This First

I have made a lot of career moves myself – classical piano to banking to executive search to acting to media to entrepreneurship. So when I became a career coach eight years ago, I attracted a lot of aspiring career changers who also wanted to make a radical career move but didn’t know how to get … [Read more...]

Career Change Through Entrepreneurship: Pharmaceutical Executive Enters The Doughnut Business

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 … [Read more...]

Change Careers By Changing Industries: From Luxury Goods To High-End Real Estate

If you’re looking to change careers, transferring skills you already have from one industry to another is an excellent way to get on a new career path and still incorporate all the valuable experience you have already amassed. Susanne Rhow was looking to change careers to better balance career and … [Read more...]