10 Tips Towards Career REinvention

By Randi Bussin

If you find yourself burned out, dissatisfied, or seeking more passion in your career, perhaps it is time for you to think about a career change/reinvention. Career reinvention can be a long and scary process. Here are 10 quick tips to help you get there with ease.

1.  Assess Your Career Likes and Dislikes
Take a step back and think about your career likes and dislikes, otherwise, you might just grab any opportunity to take you out of your misery.

2.  Identify Your Motivated Skills
It is important to make a distinction between the skills you are good at and those you are good at AND enjoy. The latter, called “motivated skills,” typically leads to career satisfaction and should be central to your focus in career transition.

3.  Assess Your Interests or Passions
Finding things you are interested in and passionate about most likely will lead to career enjoyment. Reflect on your past and the things you have enjoyed, whether in a professional or personal setting.  After you jot them down, go back and look for themes.

4.  Assess The rewards you want to get from your work
Understanding your values, or the rewards you want from work is probably the most important of reinvention process. Our values touch the core of who we are, why we work, and if they are not being met, this mostly likely will lead to career dissatisfaction.

5.  Assess Your Finances
Career change can require additional expenditures for professional development, joining professional associations, technical equipment, résumé development, and cash flow to buffer the in-between times.  Make sure you have put enough aside.

6.  Brainstorm Potential Career Options
Once you have had a chance to assess your career likes, dislikes, motivated skills, values, and passions, then brainstorm career options where you can hopefully meet most of the criteria you have outlined.

7.  Research Occupations and Industries
Once you have narrowed your brainstorming options to a few careers / industries / occupations, begin your research to learn more about them and make a decision.

8.  Consider Dipping Your Toe in the Water
Now that you have narrowed down your potential choices and hopefully have earmarked a field in which you want to work, you might consider getting some real world experience to road test this career.

9.  Prepare Your Marketing Kit
One of the biggest mistakes career changers make is to try to use the same résumé and LinkedIn profile. This won’t work; revamp them to be more relevant to where you are going.

10.  Power Up Your Networking and Find a Mentor
The key to changing careers is to develop new connections and to use these connections to move into the field in which you aspire to work.

Randi Bussin [www.aspireforsuccess.com], a Career Reinvention strategist, guides executives and business owners towards a renewed sense of direction, an actionable career reinvention and personal branding plan.



  1. Love the phrase “dipping your toe in the water.” Paints a curious picture of a professionally dressed person at the water’s edge, shoes off, ready to tentatively try!
    As a professional resume writer, I wholeheartedly agree with point nine, that the self-marketing messages must be changed. What use is it of an ex-nurse to prove her suturing abilities if she’s now changing careers and hopes to be a justice of the peace? The career change resume is the most difficult to strategize and write, but it’s definitely possible and absolutely necessary!
    All 10 points offer reasoned and sound advice.