The Career Doctor™
by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez
Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers?
Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist
specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of
your own, use the anonymous ,
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HATING A JOB VS. HATING A CAREER
Dear Career Doctor:
I left a lucrative and prestigious career after eight years. (I worked
for a small financial firm, but was tired of the large ego of the managing
partner and his focus on using the firm as a plat for social climbing
instead of building the firm.) I received a few calls from competitive
firms, but decided to leave the industry and join a large corporation.
After a year, I enjoy my new job but realize that I made a mistake:
I thought I hated my career, but I just hated my job. Should I return
to my old profession? Will anyone take me?
It sounds like you are in a great position: You like your new job so
you can afford to take the time needed to discreetly network your way
back to your old field. If it works, that's great. And if it doesn't,
you still have a job you like. I call that win-win.
Usually, if you realize you have made a mistake about leaving and admit
it, people will let you back in, especially if you tell the most positive
version of the truth. Here's an example of what I mean by that: "I thought
I would like corporate life better. I'm doing well, but I miss the old
field. I did well at the old firm too, but it wasn't the best fit. However,
I think the fit at your firm would be good because....." Don't bad mouth
the old boss or your current job. Instead, focus on why you want to
join the firm you are interviewing with and what you can do for them.
Contact the competitive firms that had made overtures to you. If that
doesn't work, contact headhunters and old colleagues. Who knows how
the current turmoil in the financial markets will affect your job hunt,
but I suspect you will find what you are looking for.
The Career Doctor
The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont
psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.
Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.
For more in ation go to www.jacquelineplumez.com.