Almost everyone faces a point in their career when they must move to a new job or company, or transition into an entirely new career. If you find yourself in that position there are a number of resources you have to assist in locating the right position and the right environment. Before I list those resources and how to maximize their value, let me make three quick points:
- Do not rush into anything
- Take time to reflect
- Smell the roses
Now, onto your resources and how to make the best use of them:
- Use your network and work with them first to make sure you have the right message. (You should not keep going back to the same people over and over – get organized.)
- Your network should provide help to identify your passion and evaluate where you are in your career. Is your next step a management position, active retirement, consulting, entrepreneur, board positions?
- Consider a professional psychologist that can provide a professional assessment paired with a coach to give you the best and most honest feedback.
- Get a professional that can revise and/or rewrite your resume (preferably a past writer for a major publication).
- Use your network to help you develop a guideline on how you will go about your search and transitioning.
- Use your coach or network to help you prepare for interviews.
- Use the internet or your local library as resources to help you learn about companies and industries.
- Finally, identify your resources who will help evaluate offers, think about retaining an attorney if there are legal issues, as well as a compensation expert so you’ll maximize any given opportunity.
Don’t feel like you’ve been punched in the gut if you have to move on from your current job. Take a deep breath and get organized. You will be amazed at how many people in your network will not only be an incredible resource, but you’ll also be amazed at the goodness and grace inherent in those you call friends, colleagues and business associates.