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According to a USA Today poll of more than 1,000 working Americans, less than 10 percent of all employees feel that they are prestigious in the jobs they perform. As many as 60 percent of all employees will freely admit they wish they had another job. Few people are happy with their lots in life and yet many of them do not know how to fix the problem. They do not know how to start searching for the perfect job or how to put themselves in the position they always dreamed of.

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Overview

According to a USA Today poll of more than 1,000 working Americans, less than 10 percent of all employees feel that they are prestigious in the jobs they perform. As many as 60 percent of all employees will freely admit they wish they had another job. Few people are happy with their lots in life and yet many of them do not know how to fix the problem. They do not know how to start searching for the perfect job or how to put themselves in the position they always dreamed of.

There are many steps involved in quitting and finding a new job. You must know what you want from your career, be able to track it down, and have the resources to do so. This book will provide you with the information you need to do all three things. You will be shown the right mindset to start and succeed in discovering what it is that would make you truly happy in life.

You will learn how to block out everything in your life and pinpoint what it is you have always wanted to do. A guide of popular careers and their related fields is provided to help you discern where you went wrong in your career, as well as pointed advice on how to methodically start thinking about the right career. Instead of quitting and being left in the cold, you will be shown how to start saving money and preparing the right resources to get a new job.

Instead of toiling over your job, you will learn what to look for in a career and how to outline how much money you really need to make in order to survive. You will be provided the top job hunting resources in the country, along with a complete list for how to weed out bad jobs, with code words and tell tale signs revealed that will help you ignore bad job listings. A special chapter is included to help you create the winning resume package, including a top notch resume, cover letter, and all the fresh information you need if it has been years since the last time you looked for a job.

Finally, you will learn how you can start working towards turning your life’s passions into a viable career. You will learn how to decide if what you love is viable as a business and how to start working for yourself. You will learn the most common mistakes people make when they try to strike out on their own and how you can avoid becoming just another sad story. With a plethora of interviews and conversations with real world professionals who have managed to chuck their job and start living and working the lives they’ve always wanted, you will learn the ins and outs of finding a career that will make you truly happy, while maintaining your current quality of life. If you feel trapped by your job or the press of your bills, this book will help you break free and finally start working towards a rewarding career in a field you love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601382887
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 13

Part 1 Your Current Location: Where You Are and Where You Want Be 17

Chapter 1 Looking for a Way Out 21

Current Thoughts 22

Is It Time for a Change? 23

What You Have to Offer 33

What You Need and Want in a Career 43

Figure 1: Personal Obligations 45

Personal Obligations 45

Looking Ahead 51

Figure 2: Balance 52

Chapter 2 What to Aim for Now and in the Future 53

Importance of Focusing Your Aim 54

Present Career and Life Goals 59

Future Career and Life Goals 65

Chapter 3 Psyching Yourself Up and Pushing Yourself Forward 69

Getting Rid of Your Fears 69

Why Are You Afraid? 70

Fear of Failure 70

Fear of Change 71

Fear of Success 72

Small Steps First 73

Medium Steps 77

Giant Steps 79

Part II Preparing for the Journey: A Closer Look at the Road Ahead 85

Chapter 4 What to Consider When Looking at Your Options 87

What Does Your Current Career Provide? 87

What Does Your Current Career Lack? 90

Your Budget 94

Chapter 5 Looking Into DifferentCareer Fields 99

Stimulating Career Fields 99

Other Hot Industries 107

How to Examine Different Careers 111

Combining What You Like With What You Need 122

Chapter 6 What Style of Work Suits You Best? 129

Getting to Know Your Style 129

Who Will You Work for? 136

Chapter 7 A Few Last Preparations before Moving Forward 141

Prepare to Be Uneasy and on Edge 141

Prepare Your Budget and Your Lifestyle 145

Prepare to Avoid Temptation 149

Part III Starting Your Journey: How to Be a Success 153

Chapter 8 Where to Start Finding Work 155

Getting Some Experience before Jumping in Head First 156

Finding a Travel Agent for Your Career Journey160

Do-It-Yourself Job Hunting 164

Hidden Job Market 171

What You Should Avoid with Help-Wanted Ads and Job Offers 179

Chapter 9 Dusting off and Polishing up Your Résumé 183

Why You Need a Résumé and What It Can Do for You 183

Following Résumé Protocol 186

Getting Noticed for Good and Bad Reasons 211

Chapter 10 Getting through the Interview Process with High Marks 223

What to Expect from an Interview 223

Know What You Are Going to Say Before You Say It 227

Interview Process 235

Part IV Where Your Journey May Go: The Ups and Downs of Changing Your Career 245

Chapter 11 In-Between Jobs: Know Your Rights and Stay Afloat 247

What to Do for Money While You Are Out Of Work 247

Health Care Benefits 257

Discrimination in Hiring Practices and in the Workplace 261

Chapter 12 Be Your Own Boss and Start a Business 267

Before Opening Your Doors 267

Common Business Mistakes to Avoid 276

Developing a Business Plan for Success 277

Finding Money to Get Started 294

Other Big Factors to Consider 305

Chapter 13 Having a Winning Strategy Before, During, and After Finding Your Mew Career 317

Before You Leave Your Job 317

During the Transition 321

Getting Used to Your New Career 321

Conclusion 323

Appendix 321

3.3b Financial Assistance with Furthering Your Education 327

6.1a Personality and Career Tests 328

8.3b Vocational Job Boards and Dedicated Search Engines 328

S.3a Job Application Tracking Spreadsheet 329

9.2b Cover Letter Format Examples 332

9.2c Résumé Format Examples 332

9.3a Business Card Reproduction Services 335

10.4c Sample Thank-You Letters 335

Bibliography 345

Sources 345

Web sites 350

Case Study Interviews 352

Recommended Reading 353

Author Biography 255

Index 357

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Hating your current job, scrambling for a new one, or just plain

    Hating your current job, scrambling for a new one, or just plain bored
    with your career? How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really
    Love is a great starter guide to get you thinking about the first steps
    you need to take to change your career. Even if you want to change
    careers, but you have no idea what you’d like to do, this is the book
    for you. One of the sections is titled “Getting to Know Your Style” and
    guides you through deciding whether or not you work best at a part-time
    or full-time job, whether you want to freelance or be a salaried
    employee, and if an office environment really is the place for you.
    And for anyone who wants to be his or her own boss, this guide also
    helps get you started down that path. Not only does the book go over
    writing, designing, and editing your resume, but it talks about cover
    letters and importance being the consummate professional. Nothing ever
    worth doing was easy, and changing your career is certainly not easy.
    But when you find yourself in a job that satisfies you, doing work that
    doesn’t feel like a chore, you’ll thank yourself for taking that big,
    scary step.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Part of the reason people stick with jobs they don¿t enjoy, I be

    Part of the reason people stick with jobs they don’t enjoy, I believe,
    is that they both don’t know how to find a new one and don’t have the
    confidence that they can get a better job. I have just read How to
    Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love. I now have the
    know-how and confidence that a new job can be mine. This book gives
    practical advice, examining the developing job market and jobs that are
    recession proof. There are also numerous website addresses sprinkled
    through the book in which a reader can use for further research. And
    there are detailed sections on the all-important resume and cover
    letter. I found the interviewing section particularly helpful. It gave
    me techniques to use when facing a roomful of suits that I know will
    give me confidence when my next interview comes around. If you’re
    looking to make a career change, a good first step is to read this book.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love is a p

    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love is a practical guide for anyone in search of a new occupation. The books starts at the root of the career question: how do I balance responsibility with happiness? This topic is a weighty one, but the author uses a straightforward style throughout the book which makes the career change process more simple. From chapter to chapter, L. Rigdon offers helpful examples of job searches, resumes, and interviews. Some of my favorite practical sections are about accessing the hidden job market, questions to ask during an interview, and developing a cover letter.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    Are you sick of your job?

    Is it really worth it to stay at a job you hate? I was at that point when I came across this book, “How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love.” There are a lot of books and blog sites out there about changing your job, but they don’t really tell you how to do it, so you finish your book and you still have that same crummy job. This book, however, gives a lot of helpful tips -- really, it’s like a road map for anyone who is stuck at a job they hate and are looking for a way to a career that they love, not one they just do to earn a paycheck. I’m still putting all the tips in this book to work, but I’ve learned how to make a resume that employers won’t throw out, a portfolio that shows what I really know how to do and best yet, it’s showing me where to look for jobs so I’m not randomly hopping from ad to unsuitable ad. I’m excited to put the advice in this book to work and I’m glad to have this guide, instead of just heading out blind in the world. I feel much stronger with my career goals now and I think the tips here will help me a lot.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    Very Insightful Book

    How to Change Your Career and Do What You Really Love entails great information and advice for individuals who deeply desire to make a career change. This book is a step-by-step plan for making that much needed career change happen. Too often individual’s lack the knowledge that is needed to make that transition that they desire as well as make it to the next level. Life is too short to be miserable; take the first step to a career change by reading this very insightful book.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    If you’re looking for a complete, thorough manual to guide

    If you’re looking for a complete, thorough manual to guide you through a career change then you’ve found the right book. Whether your desired change requires going back to school or just gaining the courage to take a leap of faith by switching fields entirely, author L. Rigdon walks you through a career change step by step. Rigdon breaks the book into parts exploring where you are and where you’d like to be, preparing yourself mentally and tips for preparations related to a career switch. There’s a great list of references to help you find a job that will satisfy and make you happy.

    While this book leaves nothing behind, its thoroughness can make it a bit difficult to read. There’s so much information to absorb that it makes the book flow slowly. There are definitely specific sections that could have been made into their own book, particularly Chapter 12 on starting your own business.

    Otherwise this book provides great guidance for everyone at any stage in their career who is considering or needs to make a change for the better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    How to Change Your Career by L. Rigdon is an extremely informati

    How to Change Your Career by L. Rigdon is an extremely informative book that covers almost every possible consideration that one should examine when looking to change careers. Although, extremely informative this covering so many different facets of the career change can make the book a plodding and difficult read that you have to wade through. That being said I learned a lot from the book it is just hard to keep reading sometimes. There is a lot of information on where and how to look for a job that was surprising to me. The last section on starting your own business is interesting but should be condensed to shorten the book because if you where planning on starting your own business you should probably buy a book dedicated solely to starting your own business.
    All in all How to Change Your Career lays down a solid roadmap for how to change your career. It will help you decide exactly what you want in your career and how to create the goals necessary to get to where you want to be.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    This book is a great starting point for someone who has hit a lo

    This book is a great starting point for someone who has hit a low-low in their current career path. L. Rigdon composed a friendly guide to accompany the vulnerable transition from the job you hate to the job that will ultimately bring you happiness. Rigdon’s repeating themes have a lot to do with achieving happiness, as subjective as that may be, and overcoming personal fears. It turns out that the number one obstacle between you and career-happiness is fear! How To Change Your Career is filled with helpful, step-by-step reminders that you might have heard before from teachers or parents or whomever, stuff like, “writing down your goals has positive psychological effects…” The tips might be seem simple or familiar, but when your well-being is at stake, it’s nice to have pieces of practical wisdom compiled in an non-judgemental how-to. My thanks to Ridgon for caring about us fearful, sad-job, dream-chasers. One note: the cover art could use some attention. (Why do the models look so bored?)

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love was wr

    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love was written to be used and not just read. It provides a step-by-step action plan for getting where you really want to be. The tips and case studies scattered throughout the book serve to enforce the action plan as outlined. The chapter dealing with fear is spot on. I particularly like Chapter 12 which discusses starting your own business and being your own boss. The appendix offers some great tools to use for finding your perfect job.
    If you’re questioning your career choice, or just want to see what’s out there for you, start with this book. It will help you pave the way.


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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    HOW TO CHANGE YOUR CAREER AND DO THE WORK YOU REALLY LOVE

    Staying in the same life long career is no longer the norm. In fact, many highly skilled professionals such as white-collar workers and technical experts have left their jobs for reasons beyond their control. This provided an outlet for many to change careers and to look outside of their regular work routine and pursue their true passions. Thus, the title of the book goes right to the point of "How to Change your Career and Do the Work you Really Love: A Step-by-Step Plan of Making it Happen". Author, L. Rigdon's, straight to the point writing provides a second option in determining as to where you are at in your career, and how to change it towards doing what you love most.

    Changing a career at any point can be a life altering experience and a complicated process, but the author shows in four easy parts how to get there and to pursue it successfully. Each section of the book is a journey of the changes and emotions one may go through. In the first part of the book, the author provides the reader an opportunity to assess oneself and presents the idea of creating a career map. After some self-analysis, this map takes the reader into the second part of the career change by preparing for the journey by presenting different outcomes. Through a detailed step-by -step process, the author explains what to aim for, while pushing away from the previous job habits and into one's real desires and interests.

    In the third section of the book, Rigdon explains the process of starting the journey of finding work, through improving your resume and interviewing successfully, and ultimately finding your own style. The fourth and final section of the book prepares the reader of staying afloat and also steers the reader on deciding on being your own boss. More and more people are looking for personal fulfillment in their work, which has made them increasingly likely to change jobs by becoming an entrepreneur. This book does a wonderful job of providing immediate career change information, yet gives the reassurance of letting the individual see that they have more freedom and flexibility in looking at other options outside of their careers

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Very thorough

    This book does it all! This takes you from point A to point B and highlights every possible pothole, curve, and unexpected stop along the way. A great planning tool not just for changing careers as a planned decision, but also for changing careers as a forced decision (commonly referred to as fired or laid off). This book lists out everything a person should consider before making a career change and provides a huge list of resources to help you get there. But it is not the typical 'what do you want to be when you grow up' self-help book. This book digs into the things nobody wants to acknowledge are part of the planning and implementation for such a transition. Bumps and bruises in the process are acknowledged as likely to occur and information is given on how to prepare to handle them as best as possible. These pages get you from hating your current job, to planning a new one, to making a new one happen, and enjoying your work. It covers everything.
    Many negative things come to mind when someone considers changing careers. The biggest is probably a fear of failure, which is addressed head on in a matter of fact manner. This is probably the best attribute of this book. It gives it to you straight. In the same fashion, it also gives you a positive outlook and inspires you to take that first step. This book exudes confidence to the reader by handing them the instructions, and giving them the solid advice that sometimes setbacks are going to happen, but with the proper tools you can handle them.
    I could not believe how comprehensive and honest this book is in showing exactly what it takes and just how long it could take to make a career change. This book is real. I wish I had read it two years ago!

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    Very Informative, Lots of Practical Tips

    I opened How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love thinking it would be the standard motivational wash that self-help books usually are, something that gave tips to improve your self-esteem and motivation but really don't give any practical advice. I was pleasantly surprised. This book reads more like a textbook than self-help. Starting in the first chapter, it begins giving concrete steps to follow to asses where you are in your career and why you are unhappy with it, what skills you have, and how they can translate into a dream career. There were lists for you to fill out, diagrams to study, and research to back up or illustrate their points. There was even advice on how to find out what your dream job actually is. I found this practical approach very easy to follow and understand. Also, the samples of cover letters, résumés, and other business documents were quite helpful.

    Another thing that made this book stand out is it urges you to be realistic. It very frankly says that you have to balance major wants in a career with what you need to be able to pay your bills. But it isn't preachy or gruff about it. The motto of this author seems to be "Start at the beginning, have clear goals, and don't give up." It makes it very clear that you have to be willing to put in the work to get into your dream job, researching and making contacts and getting whatever qualifications you may need. Working through fears and actually getting out there are a big part of the book, as was maintaining a support system to help keep you motivated and on track.

    The only issue I had with the book was it was a little long-winded at times. It repeated points made in the section pretty often, which helped keep them in my mind but could be a little distracting. But other than that minor issue, a very readable and helpful book. I would recommend it for anyone honestly looking to change their career.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

    Great Book on Career-Changing Strategies!

    There comes a point in every individual's life when they are not happy in their career. As such, what can be done to make a career change? Well, "How to Change your Career" by L. Rigdon provides a step-by-step manual to make the decision a move which will be beneficial and a smooth transition.

    The book provides questions which make you think about your current situation and whether or not if a career change is right for you. Also, tips (such as visual aids and separating career goals and life goals) are useful in preparing for the career which you would like to pursue. Once you decide on your new career path, the book provides resume-writing suggestions as well as employment websites and career websites which provide information on the qualifications required for a particular job. All in all, the book is a useful one-stop resource for making a career change.

    How to Change your Career deserves 5 stars. The book is very insightful and is a must read for any individual who is thinking of making a career change. Life is uneventful and the book provides useful and relevant information which can be utilized in real-life career decisions.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step-by-Step Plan for Making it Happen

    How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step-by-Step Plan for Making It Happen by L. Rigdon
    Sixty percent of all employees wish they had another job. This book includes all of the essential tools needed to make this change and create the work you want through a step-by-step personal guide. A comprehensive Table of Contents defines the content. An index provides easy navigation through the book. The worksheets, tips, case studies, and practical suggestions in each chapter will help you to stay on task to make this change to discover work you really love to do and find a new, viable career.
    Part One covers your current location: where you are and where you want to be
    Part Two discusses preparing for the journey: a closer look at the road ahead. Part Three explores starting your journey: how to be a success. Part Four examines where your journey may go: the ups and downs of changing a career.
    An Appendix provides information about financial assistance with furthering your education; personality and career tests; vocational books and dedicated search engines; job application spreadsheet, cover letter and résumé format examples, business card reproduction services and sample thank-you letters. A bibliography provides relevant sources, websites, case study interviews and recommended reading.
    BIBLIO: 2009, Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., 360 pages, $24.95.
    REVIEWER: Annie Laura Smith
    ISBN: 13: 978-1-60138-288-7
    ISBN: 10: 1-60138-288-X
    Star Rating: 5

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