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Career Coward's Guide to Changing Careers: Sensible Strategies for Overcoming Job Search Fears

by Katy Piotrowski
JIST Works, 240 pages, $8.76

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Even in the most courageous individuals, the cowardly lion can rear its ugly head when it comes time to commit to a career direction. There are a lot of stories about fearless job hoppers, but now there's a great book for people who tend to get paralyzed in the face of change. Whether you are currently employed and looking to switch careers or launch a new career from scratch, the exercises and profiles here can inform and give confidence to your cause. If you find yourself panicking at the thought of venturing out of your comfort zone the Career Coward's Guide to Changing Careers is the perfect workbook for you.

"When you take the plunge, you take control of your future," writes Piotrowski. She begins by discussing the "Panic Points" people experience when they look to explore career options. She acknowledges that switching industries can engender fear and doubt, but doesn't let that fear have the upper hand. Her "Pinpoint Your Passion Zones" section combats this by encouraging people to align their values with their professional lives. The revolutionary concept here is that the author insists every individual has work they were meant to do and offers a step by step guide on how to discover what your livelihood is.

"Your ideal job is the culmination of sincere desire and a willingness to work," writes Piotrowski. There are exercises that show how to begin transitioning from one field to another. Especially helpful is the section for more mature job seekers that takes the intimidation out of the search process.

Whether you are looking for a short or long term career change the Career Coward's Guide to Changing Careers offers upbeat insights into making a smooth transition. The Career Champ profiles are inspiring and give real-life perspectives to daunting situations that professionals overcame. If you're ready to transform your limitations into possibilities, this is a great tool to discover what you are meant to do.

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