What do I Say When I Don't Know What
Career to Pursue?
"For the last six
years, I've been the senior staff person
on a very busy help desk. In November a
multi-national corporation bought my
company. When the inevitable downsizing
occurred, I took the generous severance
package and said goodbye. Now my friends
are asking me what I plan to do next.
Right now I don't want to think beyond
taking a vacation and tackling some
projects around the house. What can I
How do I Choose a College Major?
"I don't know how to decide what I want to do. What is the most
important thing to consider in choosing the right career? What's
the process for figuring out where to go from here with my
Deciding Between Two Jobs
You've been offered two excellent positions, both of which have
their pros and cons. You've gone over and over the issues, and
you can't decide which one to take. You must make your decision
within the next three days. What do you do?
Do I Stay with My Friends or Take a More Satisfying Job?
"My colleagues are like family and the thought of leaving them
is very painful. Recently I've been approached for a position in
another company doing work that sounds much more satisfying.
Should I stay with the folks I love or seriously consider the
more fulfilling position?"
From Entrepreneur to Employee
"After almost eight years of working for myself, I am re-entering the
job market. The reasons are basic: I wish to interact with others and
get a regular paycheck. I have put together a terrific resume and am
applying for a whole variety of positions, but all I've gotten is
rejection. Worse yet, I began this process six months ago and am
still not even close to having a job. Are there things I'm missing?"
Pregnant and Preparing to Work at Home
"I recently discovered I am
pregnant. Right now I am in management, but when I have the
baby, I want to be able to work from home. Please give me some
suggestions on where to look for jobs that are home-based.
Computer literacy and communication skills are my strengths. Any
Evaluating Your Options After A Corporate Takeover
"I'm a victim of a
hostile corporate takeover. Until last week I was the regional
sales manager for a Fortune 500 company where I have worked sine
1976. On Monday the new management installed its own man and
offered me either a job in sales or a severance package. I'm not
sure what to do."
Moving from a Big Company to an Entrepreneurial One
"I'm in the communications department of a large corporation. I
would like to move to an entrepreneurial internet company and work on
its website. How do I do this?"
Do I Settle for Less After a Month of Looking?
"I'm looking for a job after graduating college. I've applied
for countless jobs over the past month and had only one
interview. The interview seemed promising, but I have not heard
back in almost a week. Is it improper to call the employer to
ask about the progress of things? Also, how long does an average
job search take? I'm wondering if I should lower my
When You Get the Wrong Offer First
"Today I got a call offering me a job that sounds interesting,
but it's not as intriguing as another still in the early
interview stage. I would rather have the second position, but I
hesitate to reject the first without the other offer in hand. I
want to be fair and honest with everyone involved. What should I
How Do I Keep My Job When My Company's Been Acquired?
"My company just got acquired. One by one my long-term colleagues are
being terminated and replaced by people from the acquiring firm. I would
like to stay in my position, but I may be forced to leave. What should I
How Do I Choose My Next Career?
"I've decided it's time to leave my current job and look for a new one,
but I'm not sure if I want to stay in the same career or make a change.
Before I head for the job market, how can I figure out what I want?"
Answers to Career Questions 1
"I make a
wonderful salary, am respected by my peers and enjoy a fine
reputation in my industry. However, I'm 35 years old and
absolutely bored. What mountains are left for me?"
"I had my third in a series of
interviews for a job that is just what I've been looking
for. Unfortunately, the interviewer hasn't contacted me
about his choice yet. Should I continue waiting, call to see
if he's hired anyone, send an email expressing my
enthusiasm, or what?"
"I've been a consultant in my
own business for about four years, and while I'm making a
decent income, I've reached a plateau. Recently, a new
opportunity has arisen that, in the short term, will cost me
a lot of time and money, but has tremendous long term
potential. I'm torn between playing it safe and risking what
I already have to build something more." Any suggestions?"
Answers to Career Questions 2
"I have sent
resumes to several hospitals, health maintenance
organizations and pharmaceutical firms. All of the replies
are much the same. "Your credentials and background are
impressive, but we do not have anything compatible with your
interests." What should my career strategy be at this
"I think I handle time
management pretty well except for one big problemĖmy boss.
He constantly interrupts me with the most trivial requests.
What can I do to keep his visits to a minimum?"
"I'm a 35-year-old, single,
professional woman who has risen through the ranks into
mid-level management. All of my peers are men. When I look
at their lives, for the most part, I don't like what I see.
Most of them are workaholics who have little time or
commitment for anything but their professional success. What
can I do to avoid becoming a successful but miserable
A Move within Your Company
with this bank for almost five years and Iím getting restless.
While Iíve advanced rapidly in the loan department, itís time
for me to learn more about other areas of banking. Last week I
heard about a new position in the commercial trust division that
sounded really interesting. How do I apply for that job when I
have no experience in trust and my manager is notorious for
ďhanging onĒ to his good people?
The last five
years, Iíve managed to move up in my career based entirely upon
my inherent skills and ability to learn quickly. Now Iím at a
point where having a mentor has become more important. How can I
find my ďyoda”, who
will be amenable to giving me feedback on my performance and
teaching me the ropes?
Finding the Right Mentor
learned that having a mentor can be very valuable to my career.
Yet I have yet to hear any practical advice in how to find and
collaborate with one. Do you have some tips on how to identify
and develop a relationship with someone who knows the ropes and
wants to share their wisdom?
From Professor to Consultant
I hope to
combine 10 years of college teaching experience in the areas of
interpersonal skills and communications with my interest in
training to move into the field of image consulting. I am
comfortable with my credentials and previous experience but lack
direction and information on the best way to market my
consulting services nationally. I would appreciate any
suggestions and guidance you can offer.
How Do I Keep my Job when my Company's Been Acquired?
just got acquired. One by one my long-term colleagues are being
terminated and replaced by people from the acquiring firm. I
would like to stay in my position, but I may be forced to leave.
What should I do?
How to Navigate Around the Diploma Roadblock
A lack of a
degree hardly means a lack of ability, and when individuals
without degrees have proven themselves, it's unfortunate they
can't claim a Bachelor's of Experience degree without being
accused of deception. Until a few years ago, a candidate without
a degree at least had a slim chance to get past the degree
hurdle by impressing interviewers with their accomplishments.
But as more companies use software to screen resumes, the
computer takes over and rarely considers prior accomplishments.
Trends with Career Potential
market continues to be tight in my profession and location, yet
some people are finding new positions. This recession canít last
forever. What are trends you see, which have growing employment
potential both now and in the future