NOW Magazine - Career Companion - - FRONT PAGE - Source: Bon­nie Lowe. Tons of tips for job seek­ers can be found at her web­site, www.best-in­ter­view- strate­gies.com

1. Are you re­ally un­happy with your work, or just up­set with your salary, boss, co­work­ers, or the of­fice en­vi­ron­ment? There's a dif­fer­ence be­tween hat­ing your job and hat­ing your work. 2. What do you love do­ing more than any­thing else? List your top three fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties. Try to be a bit re­al­is­tic here and choose ac­tiv­i­ties that you might be able to earn a living with. 3. Eval­u­ate your strengths. What are you good at? Con­sider more than just your tech­ni­cal skills. For ex­am­ple, do your pre­fer lead­ing or fol­low­ing; an­a­lyz­ing or sim­pli­fy­ing; work­ing alone or with a group? 4. Do re­search. What ca­reer fields would al­low you to use your pas­sions and strengths to earn a living? Here are some great on­line re­sources that of­fer tools to help you do a self-as­sess­ment and find ca­reers that match your in­ter­ests and skills: An­a­lyzeMyCa­reer.com, MyLifeCoach.com, Fu­tureProofYourCa­reer.com and JVIS.com 5. Con­sider al­ter­na­tives to jobs. Some peo­ple go into busi­ness for them­selves when they be­come fed up with their jobs. If you think sim­ply switch­ing ca­reers isn't enough, look into that al­ter­na­tive and oth­ers, such as... writ­ing chil­dren's books, paint­ing and sell­ing pic­tures, do­ing con­sult­ing work... the sky's the limit! 6. Cre­ate a plan. Once you know where you want to go, fig­ure out what steps you must take to get there. De­ter­mine ex­actly what you need to do, how much time it will take, and what it will cost. It's prob­a­bly best not to leave your cur­rent job un­til you're ready and able to start earn­ing money with your new job/ven­ture. 7. Get help. You'll be amazed at how help­ful peo­ple will be when you tell them your plans. Talk with fam­ily, friends, pro­fes­sional as­so­ciates, etc; par­tic­i­pate in topic-re­lated on­line fo­rums; NET­WORK as much as pos­si­ble!

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