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Starting out your career takes a lot of motivation and energy. Starting over on a new career path can be just as (if not more) difficult.

Depending on your point of view, the first step may be the simplest. It’s easy when you’re confident and know what you want. But it’s more complicated when you don’t know where to begin or when you dread making that initial move. So get energized by trying one or all of these tips.

1. Have Your Hair Styled or Cut: Good grooming is essential to making a good first impression. You may find looking good makes you feel good and gives you confidence.

2. Shop for an Interview Outfit: You’ll need appropriate attire for your interviews. Why not buy now and be prepared? Just as having your hair styled may jump-start your search, investing in the right outfit is another way to gain a professional edge.

3. Get Reconnected: If you’ve put off your search, chances are you’ve also withdrawn from family and friends. You may have avoided them because you hate answering the question, “Have you found a job yet?” If you think you need to land a job on your own, give it up. That’s a myth! No one succeeds alone. Get reconnected and stop cutting yourself off from the very people who care and can help.

4. Visit a Large Bookstore: Browse the career section of large bookstores, where you’ll find lounge areas where you can relax as you review the latest books on career fields. Other publications highlighted interesting jobs, like environmental zoo consultant, as well as unusual small businesses, like farming butterflies to release at weddings instead of throwing rice.

5. Take Vocational Tests: If you still haven’t a clue about what you want, invest in vocational tests. Many vocational tests, now available on the Web, help you identify career values and employment options. Some, like the Strong and MBTI, require you to contact a career counselor. Others are self-tests, like the Holland Self-Directed Search and the Values Identification Inventory.

6. See a Career Counselor: If you prefer talking things out or want individualized attention (and who doesn’t), find a qualified career counselor to help you sort through your interests and make plans. A career counselor will help you focus your goals, prepare your resume and help you prep for interviews.

7. Surf the Net: Monster offers many ways to find jobs. It’s a great way to learn about companies and job openings, or ask questions of the experts. Our experts can help you find the information or tips you need.

8. Join a Professional or Trade Association: This is a great way to find a wealth of information on your field and keep abreast of trends and salaries. Most associations also have job banks. And don’t say your can’t afford it. If you want to be successful, you need to pay your dues — literally. In return, you’ll find an easy way to get connected and gain support from people who share your ideas and values. If you want an inside track and an easy way to network, this is the place to start.

9. Trust the Process: Once a ball starts rolling, it gathers momentum; so does a job search. Once you start the process, it has a life of its own. As you begin, you’ll find opportunities and eventually receive offers. So take your pick — there’s lots of ways to start. You just need to do it!