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10 Career Change Mistakes to Avoid
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

Are you considering changing your career? Are you bored, fed-up, lost, or otherwise unhappy in your current career? Are you facing a crossroads at which you need to decide between staying in your current field and moving to a new one? Do you have skills that you are not using in your current career? Have you been promoted to a point where you are no longer doing what you love?

Changing careers is one of the biggest decision job-seekers face, and with many possible outcomes and consequences. Before you make that jump to a new career field, consider these common career change mistakes so that you can avoid them as you make the transition from one career to your next.


The 5Ds of Career Success
by Long Yun Siang

Throughout my working experience, I have had the chance of observing bosses, colleagues and staff members perform their tasks. And I noticed a pattern that exists with people who achieve career success in the level relevant to them: they possess five certain traits when tackling their work.

These traits, which I call ‘The 5 Ds’, are Dependability, Determination, Delight, Detailed and Devoted. Adopting these traits will both increase your motivation at work as well as increase your chances of achieving career success.


Q. I've been out of work for over a year now. I've really been looking for another perm job, but now I'm starting to think I might want to consider temp work. If I take a temp job, will that hurt my chances of getting a perm job?

A. No, quite the opposite is the case. It will probably help your chances. In the current environment, many of our clients are primarily looking for temporaries or temporaries to hire. Even when a client is ready to make a full-time hire, they are still mostly drawing from their pool of temporary workers. The economy is improving, but employers are still very uncertain and want to protect themselves from potential downturns. They have work that needs to get done, but they aren't ready for the commitment of hiring somebody yet. That has made temporary a perfect choice for them. And, since they are able to get to know somebody and their work-style while the prospective employee is engaged in a temporary assignment, that's the first place companies tend to look when they are ready to hire.


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