4 Obstacles You Must Face When Changing Careers in 2012

The economy is showing signs of life, and that means millions of people who have been stuck in jobs they hate will start looking for work. A 2011 survey indicated that 84 percent of Americans planned to look for a new job when the economy improved. And yet, the reality is that only a small percentage of them will be successful in changing careers. In a recent article I wrote for AOL Jobs, I explain the obstacles people must face when changing careers in 2012, and how they can deal with them.


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