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My partner is on the verge of quitting his job. While I support the concept, as he is miserable with is current situation, he needs some directions as to how to move forward with seeking employment. He is in management for a large corporation, which has gone through several mergers and he has survived several layoffs. But he hates his new accountabilities and dislikes the culture of the new company. So what next? He seems immobilized by his current situation, is afraid to quit without another job and doesn't know what he wants to do ''when he grows up''...He has always been interested in social services, but landed in the corporate area by default over the years. He's been down the career counselor path, therapy is not the answer right now either. Does he go to a head hunter? How have others approached this search - especially when one is unclear about what he wants to do?!?!?! This is complicated by the fact that he has had the luxury of working at home for years now which has been a huge advantage to our family. We can tolerate him earning less - but giving up the flexibility is another story... Thanks for any wisdom you may have to offer! Anonymous
For the job change he needs 1) an exhaustive list of his skills and accomplishments. Resume writing has changed a lot in recent years and is much more focused on results obtained, rather than job history. Once he has the list of his skills and accomplishments, hiring the services of a good resume writer can help make the big step to putting himself on the market for a new position. 2) In addition to his resume, he should keep his own list of the things he has liked and disliked about his past positions. He can use this to screen new positions. 3) In preparation for his interviews, he should write a list of not only the standard interview questions but also the questions he anticipates having difficulty answering (like, ''where would you like your career to go?''). Next he should write one or two answers for each question and review it with someone who will give him honest feedback. 4) He should practice responding to the interview questions, as if he is in an interview. You could read the questions to him and have him answer them and then give him your impressions of how he came across. My husband even videotaped himself answering the questions and reviewed the tape himself. Interviewing is an art in itself and oddly has little to do with how good he might be at the job he is interviewing for. 5) There are many resources for job hunters (like Craigslist, monster, etc.), but the most important resource is always your husband's contacts. He needs to let his friends and previous co-workers know that he is looking for a new position, what kind of position he wants, and give them a copy of his resume with a request that they pass it along to anyone they think might be interested in his services.
Now, about career change? We have had a lot of experience with career counselors, personality assessments, etc. The best advice we have is this? put yourself in a situation that will put you in contact with people from the career field you are interested in. Attend a trade show for the profession; take a class (like a continuing education class or a UC extension class) for members of the field; do some volunteer work in the field; arrange an informational interview with people currently working in the field. You will save a lot of time and be surprised at how quickly you can find out if this direction is right for you. Good luck, kjm
Of course, finding a new one is a challenge. Some advice: Don't quit first. Look for work on your lously employer's time/dollar (within reason). Also, while headhunters and web sites can help, everyone I know has gotten their next job from networking. There are simply too many people looking to get noticed. Tell everyone you and he know that he is looking - there's no shame in it.
Finally, if he's miserable, he needs to get himself emotionally ready for a job search. He needs to remember what he's good at and what he liked doing (back when he liked it) and he needs your support.
Good luck to you both. Been There
I may have some bias, but my husband seems to be so smart to me. He is so good at problem-solving, and very scientifically- oriented. Although he dropped out of high school, he managed to enter the best college in our country. If he is interested in anything, he'll learn it right away. Anybody closely working with him thinks he's a genius. The problems are he is easily bored; never keeps good grades; so afraid of failure --he is a perfectionist--most of all, he does not really know what he wants to do. He was a science teacher in our country and was employed in a computer company in Bay area before the company can't afford to keep him any more. Overall, he is a creative, kind, warm, and cheerful person, but quite unhappy because he can't find a chellenging work. He came to this country to be with me while I am studying for my Ph.D.
Now he is considering a totally new career: he wants to apply for MBA program. I have some questions. Can he get admission although he has very low GPA?--I think he could, but he is so afraid of failure that any success story would give him positive feedback. How can I support him? I want him to be happy whatever career he choose. Especially, I would appreciate anybody who can give a good career suggestion. Thank you in advance.
Hello, I started working at UC this past summer and I am miserable. The person who hired me didn't provide an accurate description of the job, made promises regarding training/advancement that have never materialized (despite my attempts to persue). In addition I work with some very unmotivated people and I am going crazy! Currently I am working providing desktop support and would like to get back into networking I worked in Seattle doing network managment/network security. I feel like my networking skills are starting to wither away since I am not really using them right now and have not is some time (I quit my job in Seattle 3 years ago to move here with my husband and took some time off after the birth of my son). Does anyone have any ideas how I can move into another area in the University? Is it difficult to do? I very much want to get back into networking and would like to find a more positive work enviroment. I have signed up for career counseling and am taking a couple of classes through the CDOP program, but thought I would ask if there are other avenues I might not be aware of. Thank you in advance! anon please
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