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careercowardj3904If you are afraid to make a change in your career and/or hesitant to begin to take the wheel to drive your own career bus, you are not alone! Many people facing a change stop in their tracks because they can’t figure out what to do next and don’t want to make the “wrong” move.

Enter Katy Piotrowski’s book, The Career Coward’s Guide to Changing Careers.

Katy guides her readers through a series of stages to help them decide on their plans and overcome roadblocks caused by fear and hesitation. She offers exercises and support from the “discover your natural talents and best skills” stage through to the point of being ready to learn “how to succeed and progress in your new career.”

With confidence checklists and profiles throughout that demonstrate success stories and cases in point, Katy brings her (potentially reluctant) readers along and offers courage to overcome “panic points” to succeed.

My favorite chapter? Chapter 8 – Execute a Successful Informational Interview. Katy offers sample scripts to secure the meeting and step-by-step instructions to help readers know “What to Wear, Where to Meet and How to Act.” Key advice? “Take notes and leave your resume at home.” Successful networkers conduct as many informational meetings as possible. (CLICK HERE for my thoughts on info interviews.)

I highly recommend The Career Coward’s Guide for anyone who is experiencing a fearful transition – and who isn’t?

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If you need some coaching to figure out what you should do next, contact my business partner, Hallie Crawford. Once you know what you want to do, if you need some help to get your job search in gear – Learn more about me and my services.- I will help!

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  • Keith M.

    This is a very timely blog post and I am very interested in reading the book.

    What I find to be a major barrier in a career chang is finding the right vocabulary to make the “link” in people’s mind why my past experience and transferable skills make a compelling reason for my entry into a new career path.

    I hope this book will provide a solution.

  • Jennifer M-I

    As someone who was recently laid off, I could definately use this book!

  • Brea

    This sounds like a book I could use right now as I’m actively looking for a new job opportunity since I’ve recently relocated. I want to make the right move and be sure that the next step I take is in the right direction.

  • @Keith: it’s always hard to convince companies that you’re able to make a career switch–in fact, that’s why many people decide to pursue an MBA. However, your “link” reference is spot on. Start by looking at the job description. Then pull examples from your background that speak to the skills they’re looking for.

    @Jennifer: one thing I suggest in my book, Courting Your Career, is to create a contact management spreadsheet. It’s a small thing, but it’s a great way to build structure around your job search while also allowing you to track the status of your applications and time your follow up.

    @Brea: the best advice when relocating is to identify professional associations or networking groups in your new city. You can also check your college alumni database for fellow graduates who are in a specific geographic area.

  • Miriam Salpeter

    Keith, Jennifer and Brea – Thanks for your comments! I am a bit biased, but consider hiring a job search professional to help you make those connections and get over the fear that is so pervasive with job hunters! Just think – for a few hundred dollars, you may be able to get to work weeks or months sooner than without help! That sounds like a terrific investment to me!

    Shawn – Thanks so much for your great ideas and advice! Readers should be sure to take a look at Shawn’s book, Courting Your Career. I reviewed it HERE.

 

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