When Your Job Doesn't Fit

Career advisers can't get you hired, but they can give insight and direction

A few years ago, William Plough found himself in midlife career crisis. An information-technology and human-resources specialist who worked for Federal Express and as a consultant to other top-name corporations in Memphis, Plough had taken over a nonprofit in Naples, Fla. But he was itching to get back into the corporate whirl. Problem was, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, nor did he have any business contacts in Florida.

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