Jean Chatzky
Did you always know what career would be the right fit for you? For most people, it's not uncommon to dabble in a variety of things before settling on one occupation. Jean talks to Susan Strayer, a career coach and author of The Right Job, Right Now, who says that while most people work for the sake of working, it doesn't have to be that way. Susan shares how to get started on the path to a career you'll love.
  • Some people are lucky enough to find a great job right away, but that isn't the case for most of us, Susan says. Patience is key.
  • Start by making a list of all the things you have to offer, including the skills that you have and the way you differentiate yourself from other people who have those same skills.
  • Evaluate your needs. How much does money matter to you? A good boss? Your own office?
  • Limit your schedule, whether that means eliminating your favorite TV show or cutting back on a few social events, and put the extra time into job hunting.
  • Susan says it's important to use the Internet wisely. It should be a tool, but don't let it drive your search. Networking and interaction with other professionals is just as important. If you don't think you have a network, look around you—everyone you know is a connection and you never know who might boost your job search, Susan says.
  • Evaluate your appearance. Changing your look and making sure you're modern can make all the difference, especially with older workers.
  • Create what Susan calls an "inventory of stories" that you can rely on during an interview. Think of times you've taken important roles, projects you've completed and praise you've received from clients.