Reinvent Your Career in 2009 -- How Out of Work Executives Can Enhance Job Prospects in 2009

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Faced with redundancy and job prospects at an all time low, many executives are confronting the first major setback of their career. However, a difficult job market can present opportunities for some career reinvention.

TheLadders.co.uk, http://www.theladders.co.uk, the UK's leading management careers site specialising in £50K plus executives, has devised a ten point plan to turn necessity into a truly great invention - how to re-evaluate your skills and recreate your career:

1. Confidence. Change your attitude and discover personal confidence. For many long term employees, believing they are part of a company and not a skilled individual is the first hurdle.

2. Have an idea of what you want to do. Before packing up your desk it is important to know what makes you tick. What pastimes do you enjoy, what challenges do you relish, what motivates you? Write them down and think about what makes you happy. This may indicate a new career direction or highlight skills you can bring to your existing organisation.

3. Be ambitious but be realistic: Everyone dreams of writing a novel, however without any experience of writing a story, the leap is simply too risky. Invention is about turning what you know into a reality.

4. Make sure you have a market. Research your new career goal online to distinguish if the need is there or if it may look like there are companies where you can promote your skills. Look at companies of interest and ones that are doing well during this economy and decide how your skills can transfer into a role there.

5. Rebuild your CV. Look at your career goal, your skills and your experience and go to a professional CV writer. They will help you translate those skills into demonstrable claims on your CV.

6. Go back to school. Learning new skills may be important to your career change but will take commitment. Consider taking classes, additional training and University courses. Network at local business events or attend exhibitions and conferences.

7. Discuss your career change. Confide in trusted colleagues past and present and THEIR friends in businesses. They will give you directional feedback and may even have friends in businesses you can speak with for possible insight.

8. Find the Opportunities. A new direction may mean a new route to finding roles. Look on careers sites like TheLadders.co.uk to find positions that tick your requirements and identify which type of companies and recruiters are advertising these roles. Look at industry associations, networking groups online and offline to produce a target list.

9. Don't leave it to the letter. Too many job applicants send their CV and wait to hear whether they made the shortlist. Without the experience of rivals, a new career seeker needs to sell themself. Be prepared to call recruiters and outline why you should be considered for the role. Sell yourself as you would sell your business.

10. Stay focused. Your ideal role may not fall into your lap immediately so you may end up having to work elsewhere to continue to earn. However, stay focused and keep applying. Don't lose sight of the opportunity that this downturn in the market presents. Be positive and honest about who you are and what you offer.

"Whilst companies throughout the UK are seeing redundancies, there are still important roles out there to be filled," says Derek Pilcher, Managing Director of TheLadders.co.uk. "If a job seeker finds his or her industry has been hit hard, then reinventing your career by focusing on ones skills and passion is an important step to find a new career path."

"Certain sectors are experiencing growth even now. Companies are looking for talented individuals so showcasing skills you may have thought might not be important for career fulfilment, might actually be something that lands you the job."

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REBECCA OATLEY
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