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Change Careers

[3 Feb 2010 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | One Comment | ]
10 Things To Do If You Have Been Fired or Laid Off

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1. It may not have been fair, just or your fault, but don’t “go off” on your employer.
2. Your experiencing a wide range of emotions – it’s a grieving process so give yourself time to do that. It may take a day, a week, a month.
3. Give yourself a block of time to decompress. Even if its just a day or two (though preferably longer) make it YOUR time to do nothing, do something fun, be with your family, etc
4. Make a list of ALL the things you are thankful …

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[18 Jan 2010 | Written by: Frank Morrison | 2 Comments | ]
Starting Over at 50 Might Not Be So Bad

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As baby boomers start to turn 60, they may be feeling nostalgic about the early days of their careers, when job security actually meant something and a person could retire comfortably at 65.
Unfortunately, today’s reality for many workers over the age of 50 is downsizing, difficult job searches and the very real prospect of working past 65. Fortunately, this generation is healthier and better trained than any prior generation. They have more opportunities for self-employment than ever before and are increasingly considering that option as they head into their golden …

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[14 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]

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Jobsinthemoney.com, A Dice Company, ran an article discussing the results of a survey of 458 accountants. They found that 23% of the respondants are planning jump employers as soon as the economy gets better. Accountants have a high level of employee loyalty as a profession, but the survey reveals that despite that professional loyalty we may have a blip in the other direction.
Check out the jobsinthemoney.com Accountant Job Survey article and share your thoughts with me. Grads who got their accounting degree online are also welcome to give their input.  …

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[12 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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Meg Monford wrote an “Julia & Julia movie review article discussing how the movie covers career transitions and blogging. It shows how Julia Childs goes from housewife to French chef student to writing the famous cookbook that launched her career. In parallel, it covers a modern day Julie who decides to cook her way through Julia Childs book in a years time while blogging about it.
Give Meg’s article on Julie & Julia a read to learn more about the movie’s message. According to her, everyone considering a …

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[11 Aug 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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I ran into Heather Mundell’s life@work blog and found some very inspiring articles to help you find your true life’s calling. She’s a career coach, but her sweet spot is working with clients wanting to find the ideal job for themselves. She works with people on their job searches, but according to her writings, prefers to work with people to discern their calling and launch job searches towards that end.

I read her latest article on managing fear and stress during a career transition. She’s writing about staying …

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[12 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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In a previous article I described how when preparing for a speaking engagement, I completed exercises from the book “What Color Is Your Parachute?” leading me to some personal discoveries. I was a software engineer, project manager and technical architect realizing I had stronger people skills than I had realized and I enjoyed using. My technical skills had been driving a successful career to date, but could this be a sign pulling me in another direction. I started thinking, “How should I respond? What should I do …

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[8 Jun 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 8 Comments | ]

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Several winters back, I had hired a strong group of performers. I worked hard at bringing out the best these folks had to offer both as individuals and as a team. I received a very positive review from my boss. He recognized my accomplishment as going beyond the call of duty when I had been taking for granted that I have a knack for running software projects on time and under budget.

At the time, I was also speaking monthly for a groups tending to the …