Q: I have been in the newspaper industry for just under 10 years and have always believed in the media and believed it would perform well for several more generations. Over the last year I have watched as that passion has dwindled and my faith that we will still be around in 10 more years.
I could go into details as to why but I will spare everyone that debate. My question is this; I obviously need to look at a career change as I my passion is gone, how would you suggest I "spin" this career change? I am afraid if I cite my true reason many will ask the obvious question will I lose passion in this as well.
A: You clearly realize you can't get a new job if you seem mopey.
So, figure out what you'd like to be doing down the road and think of the interim jobs between what you're doing now and where you'd like to wind up.
This takes work. You will have to go to school on yourself and on a range of possible jobs. I have just finished reading a book that could help. It is called "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling" by career coach Jane Hyun. We met and interviewed this past week. Her book is obviously written for Asian-American people, but it has solid advice for anyone and a nice set of career-assessment tools that could help you.
When you go interviewing, we want you focused on what you are climbing for, not complaining about what you have been through. If you are building toward a new career, there should be no need to spin anything.