When you’ve experienced a significant loss or a break-up, it’s often difficult to perform everyday functions as simple as eating and sleeping – let alone functioning well at work. If you can’t take time off work to heal your heart, then remember to take a deep breath and breathe. Feel the air go in and out of your lungs, then try and look for joy in your everyday activities. Savor the smell of your morning latte, listen to the birds chirping or view a sunset and appreciate the vibrant colors.
A break-up can also be a good time to start over in a new career and do what you’ve always wanted to do. It’s an opportunity to look inside yourself and find that passion.
Here are 18 Tips for Starting a New Career
1. Set Aside Time. Finding a job and pursuing your passion takes time. Make sure you set aside 1-2 hours in your day to either research potential companies you’re interested in, write a resume or network. If you are dreading the 9-5, 5 day a week job, then try to figure out a way to create your own schedule. A great inspirational book is The 4-Hour Work Week.
2. Write Down 5 Things You Enjoy Doing and Are Good At. What do you really want to do with your life? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What do you love doing? What do hate doing? Now, look at your list and focus on what you love and what will have the most positive impact and ultimately be the most rewarding job for you.
3. Find Inspiration. Contact a person who inspires you and ask them for advice. Who is that one person who inspires you most? What do they do? What do you admire about them?
4. Gather the Right Tools. In today’s world, it is important to be up on the latest technology. Invest in some form of technology like a Blackberry, i-Phone, Computer, wireless, DSL, email, voicemail, text messaging etc…It will pay off in the end.
5. Educate Yourself. Take the time to research ideas, industries, and companies that you are interested in pursuing. The best kept secret…there are FREE Webinars on-line so you can educate yourself from home. Remember education empowers!
6. Get Organized. Create a good environment and organize your work space.
7. Develop an Elevator Pitch. This is your 1-2 minute description of yourself and your business objective…an essential networking tool.
Ex: “I am (name) from (company) and we (what do you do?) for (who do you do it for?). Our ideal client is (who is your ideal client?).”
Ex: “I am (name) and I’m looking for a job in (what industry) because I want to do (explain what you want to do). I specialize in (or I’m passionate about)…
8. Practice and Believe it. Practice and refine your pitch until you find what feels good. Your purpose and niche might evolve over time, but that’s OK. Practice your elevator pitch on your friends and…keep practicing until you believe what you are saying.
9. Network. Your chances of getting a job are much better when you know someone at the company, but if you don’t, then “get out there” and network. Network at the local coffee shop as you are standing in line, talk to other moms at your playdate gathering, or sign up for a business networking group on-line.
10. Network through Facebook. A great way to build a fast network of friends is through Facebook. It takes 15 minutes to sign up and pretty soon you’ll have people finding you. Once you have your friends, ask them if they know anyone in the industry you are interested in. Post a status update on Facebook and tell people you are looking for a job or you are starting a business. You’d be surprised how many people will respond.
11. Hire a Business Coach. There are many business coaches on the internet. They can clarify your goals and objectives and help you land your dream job.
12. Create a Resume. Do a google search for “resume template” and use that to create your resume. Make sure the resume is easy to read and clear. It’s always helpful to run it by a few friends to make sure everything makes sense.
13. Compile a List of References. List 3-4 people who could give you a work recommendation and get their name, title, address, phone number and e-mail.
14. Market Yourself. Set up a profile on Linkedin. Linkedin is a social utility network that connects people in business. Sign up and upload your profile and business experience on-line. This is also a good way to get noticed by recruiters.
15. Be Prepared. Once you finally get an interview…be prepared and research the company you’re applying for. What do they do? How long have they been in business? What’s new in their industry? Who are the players? The more knowledge you have, the better.
16. Be Direct and Ask for What You Want and Deserve. It never hurts to ask. If you only want to work 3 days a week, then make the arrangement ahead of time with the employer. If you want a higher salary, then ask for what you think you deserve because…if you don’t, then you won’t be happy. Remember, you deserve the best and life will bring it to you if you ask.
17. 4 Qualities That Make a Good Impression:
2. Self Esteem
3. Good Elevator Pitch
4. Look and Feel Good about Yourself
18. Be Your Authentic Self. In your interview, be honest and forthright and most importantly, be your authentic self.