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I sat in on a wonderful webinar with Julie Jansen on 12/01/11 and am very interested in knowing how to make a career change.  I have been in the employee benefits field since 1990 and now that I'm finished with my treatments, I don't want to continue with that field as it requires much too much travel and other demands that don't interest me any longer.  How do I go about making a career change that will be right for me?  I am open to a geographic change but don't really know what to do.  I need to revamp my resume, but don't know for what!  Can you help me!

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  • Margot Larson

    Margot Larson on Dec 15, 2011

    Career Coach Comment:

    Gina

    The first step might be to meet with a career coach who can help you look at your experience and interests so that together you can develop a Functional resume. Make a list of your top five skills and competencies. There are assessments and exercises that could be helpful to you at this juncture. Examples are the Strong Interest Inventory, Career Key Assessment. Google these assessments. You may be able to take one of these assessment s for free online. Also, check with your HR colleagues to see whether anyone has access to a DISC ,Myers-brigs type indicator or other assessment tools that you could take.

    Once you have gathered some of this information, meet with people who are in roles that might be of interest to you to find out more about those careers. Look at employment ads and job descriptions to open your mind and stimulate exploration. Make a list of the top 5 organizations or industries that have been of interest to you.

    In the meantime, if you need income, you can take temporary assignments that will give you exposure to new environments, companies and the opportunity to network and discover what you want and don’t want in your next career step.

    Career change can be an interesting discovery process. Enjoy it.

    Margot

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