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Do You Pass The "Career Buster" Test?

Aug 18, 2007
Do you pass the career buster test? Is this YOU? You pass if you're ready to hit the wall and you're not sure which way to turn to avoid a career train wreck.

You may be closer to a career buster than you think! Take a close look at your current situation. Maybe this is the time to get serious about making a career move--and avoid the career buster syndrome.

1. You're in a dead-end or dying industry.

2. Your job could be out-sourced to another company or country.

3. You're in danger of getting a pink slip.

4. You're mortally bored by doing the same thing day after day.

5. You've hit the advancement or pay ceiling.

6. You just don't like the company or your boss anymore.

7. You feel like leaving but you're stuck.

So, get real. If this sounds like you, it's time to make a change. The danger of the career buster syndrome is that we get complacent. We have this uneasy feeling that things aren't right. But we're just not sure how to proceed.

Well, you're not alone. But doing nothing only intensifies the queasy feelings. The secret for bypassing the career buster syndrome is to have a track to run on that makes sense to you. Once you can see the way forward, then it's a lot easier to take the first step.

Here are some useful suggestions that can help you get started the right way.

1. Get on with it! Sure it's scary. But feeling sorry for yourself or putting it off means you're wasting the energy you need to pursue a new career direction or get a new job.

2. Stop daydreaming. There's no such thing as the perfect career choice. And the right career direction certainly won't drop in your lap because you find excuses to delay. You have to be ready to do some homework.

3. Identify your transferable skills. Over the course of your work history you've acquired a lot more than specific job-related skills. Your career strengths go way beyond what you have on your resume. You've picked up capabilities and assets that can be transferred into any job.

4. You may be surprised that you're eligible for many more career opportunities than you imagined. Now's the time to let yourself be guided by the your many accomplishments. If you line them up in a straight line and draw and arrow through them, they'll point in a certain direction. This will suggest where you go next.

5. You break out a career buster syndrome by converting your career orientation into actual job opportunities. Please don't think only in terms of published job openings you find online or in the newspapers. That's too limiting. Rather, identify organizations and decision-makers that correspond to your newfound interests. Then go after them to explore opportunities.

When you take a fresh start along a career advancement track that makes sense to you, you'll have all the motivation you need to put the career buster syndrome behind you for good!
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Paul Bowley manages EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and innovative e-business strategies . . . since 1985. Check out THE WORLD'S FASTEST JOB SEARCH PLAN! And grab our stunning FREE REPORT! http://www.fastest-job-search.com
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