Leaping Into New Waters

You may have lots of experience in your old field, but it won't necessarily help you make a break. What you need: focus, preparation, and chutzpah

Will 2007 be the year you finally make good on your resolution to give up the daily grind and find work you love? Perhaps you're a lawyer who's painfully aware that being in a courtroom isn't as much fun as it looks on TV. Or maybe you're a baby boomer, whose concept of retirement is an opportunity to do meaningful work rather than join the golf crowd. Unfortunately, changing your career or downshifting is easier said than done, even when you have a lifetime of experience in a wide variety of positions. To be successful, you will need to jettison some old assumptions about how to find jobs.

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