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by SixFigureStart | June 11, 2009


This year, the news has been dominated by job loss news and unemployment statistics. (Well, that and Susan Boyle.) But an interesting trend and bright spot is emerging amidst all of this turmoil: Some workers are taking the time between jobs to re-evaluate their lives in terms of purpose and direction. Many have been stuck in careers that gave them little to no internal satisfaction or reward; instead of standing around clutching their pink slips, they are using this opportunity to reinvent themselves. (Read our recent story Exquisite Reinvention.)

Building a new career identity isn’t a quick and easy process; it takes some critical thinking and research. Career coaches can help you uncover what excites you, and reveal strengths and transferable skill sets. Books such as What Color is Your Parachute and StrengthsFinder provide similar support.

And once you figure out what you want to do? It’s time to officially launch “You, Version 2.0.” Many people dread overhauling their résumés, but it’s especially important to do so thoughtfully if you’re trying to leap into a new field. You need to successfully convey the experience, abilities and expertise that you bring from your old line of work to your new. Here are some guidelines to follow: [More]

--Posted by Dawn Rasmussen,

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