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I am an experienced Credit Manager, and after I took a year off to finish my Master's, I returned to an hourly position for almost three years now. It was supposed to be temporary until I found a better job, but the benefits are good and nothing better has surfaced. I know I am not spending enough time on my job search, but I am not sure of the best way to do it. I cannot take a big drop in salary because I am head of my household, 51 years old, and saving for retirement. What do you advise?

The real question is: what do you want to do with your career? There are plenty of opportunities out there, particularly for a person with your experience and education, but it does not sound like you are truly interested in pursuing them. Rather, you seem to be satisfied with your current company and the security and stability it provides.

You indicated that you cannot take a big drop in salary, but with your education and experience, there would be no reason for such a drop to occur. This may be your way of saying that you do not want to face the risks and anxiety of a job change.

With this in mind, there are two key steps for you to consider. The first is to go to your local library or bookstore and take a look at some of the many books on career planning. Once you have a better idea of what you are seeking, you should go to any of the numerous job search sites on the Internet, in addition to checking newspaper ads and perhaps an employment agency. There are plenty of companies that want you, but you need to know what you want.

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