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4 steps to revamping your career

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If you’re suffering from a chronic case of the Sunday night blues, constantly dreading going back to work on Monday, then it may be time to find a new job or revamp your current one. Caroline Dowd-Higgins, director of professional enrichment at the Indiana University Alumni Association, offers some suggestions to help you do just that.

1. Figure out what you want. Are you a bookkeeper who wants to become a pastry chef or a human resources assistant who wants to become an HR manager? You need to start by determining the degree of change you’re after.

2. Avoid paralysis. You may feel like you don’t have enough experience or the credentials to make it. If that’s the case, Jim Citrin, leader of CEO practice at Spencer Stuart, an executive search and leadership consulting firm, suggests you prepare yourself to start at the bottom and earn your credentials. Every certificate counts, so get started sooner rather than later.

3. Consider hiring a coach. These professionals can help you focus on what you enjoy and what matters to you. Reflection, whether aided by a coach or not, can help distill what you really want in your next job.

4. Make a plan. What skills, credentials or resources are holding you back? How will you overcome these obstacles? “Keep your skills and interests current so you can pursue the goals that may seem out of reach. Do your research, investigate opportunities and nourish your network before you need it and you will always be ready,” says Dowd-Higgins.

— Adapted from “How To Recharge, Reignite or Reinvent Your Career,” Caroline Dowd-Higgins, The Huffington Post.

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