Is it time for a career change?
How do you feel about the work you are doing and the organization where you are working? Are you bored and doing an OK job? Are you looking for a new job? If so, view this moment as an opportunity. Be curious and optimistic.
You are not alone. Others have been in your situation. They have felt disappointed, scared, ambitious, motivated, and hopeful. Many have come out in more appropriate and fulfilling situations. You can too.
This is the introduction from my book, Career Change Guide. I wrote it, using my experience in life as an executive recruiter, US Olympian, and professional, to help people change careers more successfully. It takes a lot of work, but it’s always worth it. Take some time to preview my book, watch my videos, and learn from me how to change careers successfully. Thank you for coming! I hope you find this helpful as you get on the right path.Mike Schoettle, author – Career Change Guide
I have spent many years working with people making career changes, including high-level executives, EMBA’s, and former drug dealers, just out of prison, seeking employment in a legitimate organization. I have learned that the process is similar for people at all levels in the workplace and to do this well one must devote a lot of thought and effort to it.
I have worked for many different organizations for over fifty-five years. When working in one with different values than mine, I did my job and went along with the flow, and not much happened. When I was in tune with the values where I worked, I was energized, accomplished more, and progressed. I have written this book to share what I have learned to help you progress in your career.
The most important part of a job search, especially involving a career change, is to develop an in-depth understanding of your values. They are at the core of who you are and come into play in everything you do. Values are more complex and nuanced than they appear. Having a meaningful understanding of yours is critical to identifying, joining, and working in an organization that is right for you.
The book is divided into four sections, one for each stage of making a career change. The chapters are about specific steps to accomplish each stage with ideas, stories, and recommended actions. Space is provided at the end of each chapter for notes.
- Section I – Step 1: MOST IMPORTANT
Develop a good understanding of your values, competencies, and what work is right for you.
Mike’s Recommended Actions for how to change careers at any age >
- Section II – Step 2
Network with people you respect and share values to get their ideas and referrals.
Mike’s Recommended Actions for networking for career change and more >
- Section III – Step 3
Interview employers to see how you would feel about working with them and what you would be doing.
Mike’s Recommended Actions for interviewing for career change and more >
- Section IV – Step 4
Get closure on a job that is right for you and start well with your new employer.
Mike’s Recommended Actions for how to begin a new career at any age >
This book begins by helping you develop an in-depth understanding of your values, what you do well, and what you want to do. It then guides you through planning your search, preparing your resume, networking, interviewing, getting an offer, and starting at the new organization. The chapters contain ideas for accomplishing each step, stories of people who have taken the step, and recommended actions.
In reading this book, first look at the table of contents and thumb through the book to get a feel for what is in it. Give the first section a thoughtful read and do the Recommended Actions – How to Change Careers, for they form the foundation for whatever you do. Then, proceed with the chapters that make sense for you, based on where you are in your search. The sooner you start, the better off you will be.
Don’t forget to check out my blog, which encapsulates key ideas from the book.Mike Schoettle, author – Career Change Guide
This website is packed full of free career change resources for you. Use them! I put them here to help you. Of course, most of them are available in my career change book, Career Change Guide, which I priced at a bargain because I just want to help as many people as possible.
Again, thank you for coming! I hope my book helps you to get on the right path – one that will be more fulfilling and help you feel more successful, better about who you’re working with, and what you’re doing.