Job & Career Resources for Career Changers

Here’s a free collection of the best resources, tools, and tips for job-seekers considering a career change — recareering, career 2.0, and any of the other trendy names for changing careers.

Don’t forget that for the complete list of the best career books (including books about changing careers), check out the Quintessential Careers Bookstore, in association with Amazon Books.


The 10-Step Plan to Career Change — this article takes career-changers through a 10-step plan leading to a successful career change.

10 Career Change Mistakes to Avoid — if you are considering changing your career, you should review these 10 common career-change mistakes so you can avoid them as you change careers.

Career Change Do’s and Don’ts — key tips to help job-seekers when making a career change or when contemplating changing careers.

Career Changers’ Most Powerful Resume and Cover-Letter Tool: Transferable Skills — learn the power of using transferable (portable) skills when changing careers.

Temping Your Way to a Career Change — learn key strategies and suggestions for using temp jobs and temporary firms to break into a new career field.

Considering Graduate School? Answer These Five Questions Before You Decide — changing careers often requires additional training or education. This article focuses on this major life decision. Before you make a decision, answer these five questions.

Strategic Portrayal of Transferable Skills is a Vital Job-search Technique — one of the most important concepts you will ever encounter in the job-hunting process is that of transferable skills, and it’s especially important for career changers.

Quintessential Careers: Career Assessment Tools & Tests — find all the very best career-related self-assessment tests to learn more about yourself and possible new career paths. (Some no-cost; some fee-based.)

Quintessential Careers: Career Exploration Tools and Resources — this section has the best resources for researching and exploring new careers and career paths.

Quintessential Careers Directory of Life and Career Coaches — career changers sometimes need the help of experts in handling life and career issues. Use this directory of professionals.

Quintessential Careers: Key Career Networking Resources — find some great articles, tips, and tools about the power of networking, an extremely important tool for career changers.

10 Steps to Escaping the Job World and Creating the Life You Really Want — looking for something more from your life? Read about the 10 steps for escaping the job world and creating the life you really want.

Time to Change Jobs’or Careers? A Quintessential Careers Quiz — how do you know when it’s time to change jobs and when it’s time to change careers? Take this quiz.

Finding Your Career Passion — find the career that is perfect for you, one that inspires you and leads you to perform better, work harder, live happier.

Volunteering Can Open Doors to a New Career — learn how vulunteering enables you to gain valuable professional experience and establish contacts in the new career field.


A Career Change — a very useful site that has a large number of basic articles for job-seekers considering a change of careers. Include basic career-change topics and tips, as well as articles on changing into specific career fields. No cost.

Changing Course — a very useful site for career changers who are looking to make a meaningful life change. Includes articles, a free newsletter, online courses, and more. From Dr. Valerie Young.

My Career Change — articles, tips, tools, books, and more — all specifically categorized to fit the specific needs of career changers, and those job-seekers contemplating a career change. From Free to job-seekers.

What’s Next — a site for job-seekers considering a career change, where you can find inspiring stories of people who have reinvented themselves, tools for understanding how your strengths and interests can translate into a new field of work, and in-depth guides on specific careers. Special emphasis on folks who are in mid-career or approaching retirement and looking for what’s next. No cost to job-seekers.

More resources to come, as we find them!