Career Reinvention: Free E-books to Help You Find a Job

If you’re out of work or dissatisfied with the kind of work you’re doing, you may be considering shifting to a different role in the same industry, or completely reinventing yourself in a different role within a different industry.

Like many people, you may be looking for work you can feel more passionate and excited about. You may need to switch to something that better fits your financial, emotional, or lifestyle needs.

In her set of 2 brand new e-books, “5 Steps to Starting Your Career Reinvention” and “5 Steps to Implementing Your Career Reinvention“, career reinvention and personal branding strategist Randi Bussin walks you through 10 steps to kickstart your transition.

These 2 little books are loaded with valuable advice.

You may notice that some of her exercises align with the personal brand-defining steps in my brand development worksheet.

Here’s a synposis of what Randi advises,  from “Starting Your Career Reinvention”:

1.  Assessment of Career Likes and Dislikes

Write down everything you like and dislike about your job — your boss, your co-workers, your company or organization, your industry.

2.  Separate Your “Motivated Skills” from Your “Burnout Skills”

What skills are you good at, or relatively good at AND which skills do you enjoy using? Whether or not you’re good at them, which skills do you HATE using?

3.  Assess Your Interests or Passions

Some of the questions you can ask yourself include:

  • If you could do any job in your life, what would it be?
  • If you could go back to school to study a new field, what classes or topics interest you?
  • Are there areas where your friends and family perceive you as an expert?

4.  Assess Your Values (The rewards you want to get from your work)

Ponder these questions:

  • What is important to you in your life and career?
  • What motivates you to do your best work?

5.  Assess Your Finances

Know what you’re getting into (what salary you can expect) and put together a realistic budget, with a 3 to 6 month cash cushion (and plan for training/professional development expenses).

. . . And, from “Implementing Your Career Reinvention”:

1.  Brainstorm Potential Career Options

Recruit a couple of brainstorming partners to help you build a list of career options and refine it to just 3 to 4 that really interest you.

2.  Research Occupations and Industries

Randi includes valuable resources to help you learn about the realities (training/education required, potential earnings, expected job prospects, working conditions, etc.) of various occupations in diverse industries.

3.  Consider Dipping Your Toe In the Water

Tips on test-driving jobs in various fields through volunteering, working part time, transferring within your company, and using the mentor-driven service VocationVacations.

4.  Prepare Your Marketing Documents

Now you’re ready to create your marketing message which you will use to really sell yourself. Given today’s tough competitive market and the difficulty most people have in knowing how to strategically use these documents, Randi suggests hiring a professional to collaborate with you.

5.  Power Up Your Networking and Find a Mentor

Resources include links to Job-Hunt’s lists of Associations and Local Networking/Job Search Support Groups, and advice on building a relationship with a mentor.

Related posts:

Transitioning Your Executive Career to the Green Industry

16 Deadly Executive Job Search Mistakes

Dept. of Labor’s 2010-2011 FREE Career Guide to Industries


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An Executive Personal Branding, Online Identity and Job Search Strategist, Meg is a 20-year careers industry professional and one of only a handful of people worldwide to hold the Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategist and Master Resume Writer credentials, both gold standards.

“I love my work collaborating with savvy senior executives and entrepreneurs who know where they’re going, but need help differentiating their unique promise of value in the new world of work and executive job search, and positioning themselves to work their passion. My clients are typically c-suite, senior-level executives and rising stars.”

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