What NOT to do during a career crisis
You've just been laid off or your business has taken a nosedive. Or you realize you need a change -- fast. Nearly everyone panics and makes at least one of these mistakes. You're not alone if you've been there!
1. Sign up for a resume mailing service.
2. Sign up for an expensive "new career" program.
When you're caught in the middle of a crisis, any of these options will sound like the answer to your prayers. Take time to do careful research before investing. Often you can learn all the skills you need at a local community college for a few hundred dollars.
3. Accept a commission sales job if you've never sold anything and you even have trouble giving away a litter of kittens.
Yes! However, don't stop looking. Keep your resume out there. You may be a millionaire next time we talk, but you may realize after a week that you're not cut out for sales.
4. Rely on an executive recruiter.
They will try to match the employers specifications, right down to the wire. Don't expect them to offer you career advice unless you're good friends or neighbors.
5. Embark on a search for meaning.
However, all those books on "Find the work you love" were written for people who were not under pressure. Your first priority is to create a safety net, a buffer against financial and emotional disaster. Once you're comfortable, begin your search.
When you're adrift at sea, it's easy to grab for any floating object that appears to be a life raft.
Unfortunately, you may find yourself clutching a piece of seaweed or a piece of shark with a full set of teeth. Help will come if you don't panic. And you're a better survivor than you ever expected.
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., author of Making the Big Move, helps midlife professionals navigate career and business transitions.
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